How To Cite A Film
Not unlike any other literary endeavor, learning how to cite a film requires an awareness of the style requested. So whether you’re writing a term paper, a blog post or even a screen review you should first consider:
- The necessity of notation.
- The appropriateness of notation.
- The style required.
- Stop, Thief. When writing a blog, film review or other such piece, typically putting a film’s title in italics or quotation marks will prove sufficient in avoiding a plagiarism claim. This will allow you to write fluently without the need for footnotes and other credits.
- But if you’re writing really serious stuff. When a respected university or other such institution is involved, such as term papers,require appropriate citing of films and other sources of information are concerned. Often these reviewers of your essays have specific rules on how to cite films.
- Style guide. With any form of writing, a style guide is required to appropriately convey information you’ve written so that those reading it will take it seriously. So you should consult your recipient’s requirements before questioning how to cite films. There’s the MLA Guide, the APA Guide, the Chicago Manual of Style and numerous others that include properly citing films. Find out which template your requesting party works within before submitting your written materials.
So know, when all is said and done, that citing films should be based upon the context of what you’ve written. Then you can refer to the appropriate style guide. Otherwise you may be mistaken as illiterate.