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I was looking online for how to cite a youtube comment and I found this WikiHow article for how to cite a youtube comment in APA. However, I don't know how to do this in general for BibTeX. I don't really know what fields to fill out. Is it important to include the video it comes from? I couldn't find a way to link to the comment itself so I wouldn't know what link to include (the link to the original video?)

  • Hello and welcome to TeX.se! You could use the same approach as when citing a blog post, as recommended here. – Ole Anders Dec 5 '18 at 0:14
  • I've added a few examples below in case you need them. – Ole Anders Dec 5 '18 at 0:30
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One solution to this could be to use the @misc entry type like so:

@misc{youtubeComment2018,
    author = {Name of comment Author},
    title = {Title of Youtube video},
    journal = {Youtube},
    type = {Youtube Comment},
    year = {2018},
    howpublished = {\url{url to youtube video}},
    note = {In comment section, accessed on 2018/12/04}
}

here's the MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{url}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
    @misc{youtubeComment2018,
    author = {CheckMyPlaylist},
    title = {5 Scientists with Ideas That Nobody Believed ... Who Were Right},
    journal = {Youtube---SciShow},
    type = {Youtube Comment},
    year = {2018},
    howpublished = {\url{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_zFyXWxxMA}},
    note = {In comment section, accessed~2018-12-04}
}
\end{filecontents}
\begin{document}
From the comment on Youtube~\cite{youtubeComment2018}
\bibliography{\jobname}
\bibliographystyle{apalike}
\end{document}

Update, since I didn't use {} on capitalized letters, they will be in lowercase on the output:

apa using bibtex

note that no fields are actually required for bibtex to work, so you can use any of the above as you see fit.

if you use BibLATEX, you can use the entry type @online:

@online{ytcomment2018,
    author = {name of author},
    title = {Video title},
    year  = {2018},
    url   = {add url to video here},
    urldate = {2018-12-04}
}

and one more MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\usepackage[style=apa,backend=biber]{biblatex}
\begin{filecontents*}{main.bib}
@online{ytcomment2018,
    author = {CheckMyPlaylist},
    title = {5 {S}cientists with {I}deas {T}hat {N}obody {B}elieved \ldots {W}ho {W}ere {R}ight},
    titleaddon = {{C}omment on video published by the {S}ci{S}how {Y}outube {C}hannel},
    year  = {2018},
    url   = {https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_zFyXWxxMA},
    urldate = {2018-12-04}
}
\end{filecontents*}
\addbibresource{main.bib}
\begin{document}
From the comment on Youtube~\cite{ytcomment2018}
\printbibliography
\end{document}

note the use of {} on capitalized letters.

which will output:

apa using biblatex

with BibLATEX, you can also use optional fields such as subtitle, titleaddon or language as you see fit.

  • Should I be using BibLATEX? Is that more standard? – Paul Virally Dec 5 '18 at 0:56
  • BibLaTeX has more entry types, my recommendation is anecdotal but I've found it to be more robust. – Ole Anders Dec 5 '18 at 1:04
  • biblatex-apa as loaded by style=apa implements a full APA style, apalike on the other hand only implements a style 'like APA'. So maybe style=authoryear would also work. I strongly recommend not protecting all words in titles with {}: If you don't like the fact that APA requires sentence casing, turn that off with \DeclareFieldFormat{apacase}{#1}. Anyway, I'd prefer title = {5 {Scientists} with {Ideas}...} over title = {5 {S}cientists with {I}deas...} for kerning reasons. – moewe Dec 5 '18 at 6:59

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