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How to Cite Netflix


Forget, “Netflix and Chill.” This post is about “Netflix and Research.” Netflix is a video streaming service, filled with numerous educational documentaries, entertainment videos, and original series. With thousands of movies and shows to choose from, it’s easy to understand why it has popped up in so many citations on Citation Machine.

If you’re wondering how to cite a movie you’ve seen on Netflix, look no further. This post explains how to cite a movie on Netflix in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. The example featured here is for a documentary titled, The Ivory Game.

To cite a Netflix video, you’ll need the following pieces of information:

    1. The title of the Netflix movie
    2. The name of the site (Netflix)
    3. The names of directors, producers, performers, and/or any other individuals.
    4. The year the movie was released
    5. The name of the production or distribution company
    6. The URL

Use the following structure to cite a Netflix movie in MLA 8:

Netflix Movie Title. Directed by First name Last name, performance by First name Last name*, Production Company, Year published. Netflix. URL (without https:// or https://).

*Note: It isn’t always necessary to include the director and performer’s name(s). Include the names of any individuals who your research focuses on or names of individuals to help the reader locate the exact source themselves. It is acceptable to include producers, writers, creators, narrators, and other positions.

Here’s how the above example could be cited in MLA formatting:

The Ivory Game. Directed by Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani, Volcan Productions, 2016. Netflix, www.netflix.com/title/80117533.

Use the following structure to cite a Netflix movie in APA:

Last name of Documentary Producer, F. M. (Producer), & Last name of Documentary Director, F. M. (Director). (Year of release). Movie title [Video file]. Retrieved from Netflix’s homepage URL*

*Since this video is found through a subscription database, APA recommends using the URL of the homepage.

Here’s how the above example would be cited as an APA citation:

Kohler, W., Davidson, K., Knopfler, W, & DiCaprio, L. (Producers), & Ladkani, R., Davidson, K. (Directors). (2016). The ivory game [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.netflix.com

Use the following structure to cite a Netflix movie in Chicago/Turabian:

Director’s Last name, First name, dir. Movie Title. Production Company, Year of release. URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago:

Ladkani, Richard, and Kief Davidson, dirs. The Ivory Game. Vulcan Productions, 2016. https://www.netflix.com/title/80117533.

*Note that there are two directors in the above citation. The first director’s name is placed in reverse order (Last name, First name). The second director’s name is placed is natural order (First name Last name).

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