I see a Youtube video where the original author is John Doe. However, the video I found it at was on a channel with a name (let's say ChannelName). Whether John Doe is the owner of that channel or not I don't know, and Doe doesn't seem to have his own youtube channel. So...who is the author? Do I cite Doe, or ChannelName?

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    Related: academia.stackexchange.com/q/172883/68109
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Oct 31, 2021 at 2:57
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    The original author of the video is John Doe, but it wasn't a YT video at that time, right? I.e. ChannelName uploaded a video belonging to John Doe? Otherwise I'm confused how a YT video can have original author JD but be uploaded by someone else? Commented Nov 1, 2021 at 22:09
  • Yes that's correct. John Doe made the video, but someone else put it on Youtube. For instance, in this particular case it was a professor who did the lecture over video but then gave permission for one of his students to upload it on their channel Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 15:29
  • Which style guide do you want to adhere to, depending on where you intend to publish certain guides are preferred over others. Examples: liu.cwp.libguides.com/c.php?g=45846&p=291623 blogging.com/cite-online-sources
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 2:44

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my previous response apparently was deleted. Here is the link to how to cite the video. Cite original author and there is a space to cite the channel name.

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