Quoting Movies In Research Papers

General Format 

 

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Producer Surname & Director Surname, Year)

     

      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Producer Surname & Director Surname, Year)

 

      References:

      Producer Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Producer), & Director Surname, First

            Initial. Second Initial. (Director). (Year). Title of movie [Format e.g. Motion picture

            or DVD]. Country where movie was produced: Name of Studio.

  

Example

 

       In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Davidson & Davidson, 1999)

 

       In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Davidson & Davidson, 1999)

 

      References:

      Davidson, F. (Producer), & Davidson, J. (Director). (1999). B. F. Skinner: A fresh

            appraisal [Motion picture]. United States: Davidson Films.

Tip!

  • List the primary contributors in the author position and use parentheses to indentify their contribution
  • For an episode from a television or radio series, use the same format as for a chapter in a book, but list the script writer and director in the author position and the producer in the editor position.

Simply put: no.

APA's Publication Manual (2010) indicates that, in the body of your paper, you should use italics for the titles of:

  • books
  • periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • films
  • videos
  • TV shows
  • Microfilm publications

Beyond APA's specific examples, know that certain types of titles are almost always written in italics. 

Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.  A general rule of thumb is that within the text of a paper, italicize the title of complete works but put quotation marks around titles of parts within a complete work. 

The table below isn't comprehensive, but it's a good starting point

Titles in ItalicsTitles Placed in "Quotation Marks"
Title of a periodical (magazine, journal, newspaper)              Title of article in a periodical
Title of a book   Title of a chapter in a book
Title of a movie or playName of an act or scene in a movie or a play
Title of a television or radio series   Title of an episode within a tv or radio series
Title of a musical album or CDTitle of a song
Title of a long poemTitle of a short poem
Names of operas or long musical composition
Names of paintings and sculptures

Title of a short story

On an APA-style reference page, the rules for titles are a little different.  In short, a title you would italicize within the body of a paper will also be italicized on a reference page.  However, a title you'd place in quotation marks within the body of the paper (such as the title of an article within a journal) will be written in normal lettering and will not be in quotation marks.

Here are some examples:

Smith (2001) research is fully described in the Journal of Higher Education.

Smith's (2001) article "College Admissions See Increase" was published in the Journal of Higher Education after his pivotal study on the admissions process.

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