• Purpose: This template and the redirected forms {{cite media}} and {{cite audio}} are used to cite sources in Wikibooks, specifically, audio and visual media sources.
  • Please consider using {{cite episode}} as an alternative, to cite episodes of television and radio programs. (Has some different alternative choices of data. Includes an example of use as non-episodic application which can be used instead of this template.)
  • A production can differ among versions released; it is important to use publication information for the exact version that was consulted. For example:
    • A second DVD release may differ from the first.
    • A subtitled edition is substantially different from an original version without subtitles.



Cut and paste one of these three blank versions to use. Note that all fields must be lowercase, and remember to use the "|" (pipe) character between each field.

Vertical list Prerequisites[1]
{{cite video
 |people     = 
 |date       = 
 |title      = 
 |url        = 
 |format     = 
 |medium     = 
 |language   =
 |publisher  = 
 |location   = 
 |archiveurl =
 |accessdate = 
 |time       = 
 |id         = 
 |isbn       = 
 |oclc       = 
 |quote      = 
 |ref        = 
title or link
  1. A field listed in this column is a prerequisite for the field to the left. For example archiveurl is a prerequisite to archivedate meaning archivedate will NOT be displayed even if it has a value unless archiveurl is defined.

Description of fields




Nested fields either rely on their parent fields, or replace them:

  • parent
    • child — may be used with parent (and is ignored if parent is not used)


  • people: May be anyone associated with the film. Add role in parentheses (producer, director, actor, translator [for a newly or differently subtitled edition], etc).
  • date: Date when production was first released or aired, full date where known otherwise month and year, or just year.
  • title: Title of the production. This is the only required field.
    • url: Provides a link to either the production's website or to its entry at IMDb. May wikilink to an article rather than provide a URL.
    • format: File format of the URL link if containing digital media. For example, "mov" or "avi".
    • medium: Type of production being sourced. Please use one of the following if applicable:
      Motion picture, Television production, Videotape, DVD, Trailer, Video game, CD, Radio broadcast, Podcast.
  • language: Language of the media, if not English.
  • publisher: Name of the individual or group releasing the cited version of the production, or airing the broadcast—for example, "Paramount Pictures" or "Disney" or "History Channel International". For translated works, this is the licenser/distributor.
  • location: Geographic location of the publisher.
  • accessdate: Full date when url was accessed. Should be in the same format as used in the main text of the article and should not be wikilinked.
  • archive parameters (if used, must be used both of them together)
    • archiveurl: The URL of an archived copy of a web page, if (or in case) the url becomes unavailable. Typically used to refer to services like WebCite and Archive.org.
    • archivedate: Date when the item was archived. Should not be wikilinked.
  • time: Roughly what time, if accessible, a scene occurs within a production. Useful for citing specific scenes, quotations or data.
  • id: A unique identifier, used if none of the above are applicable. In this case, you need to specify the kind of identifier you are using, preferably with a template like {{ISSN}}. (Use one of the more specialized parameters (see below) when available; they are linked automatically. In other words, don't use id = ISBN 1-111-22222-9 Invalid ISBN anymore. Use isbn = 1-111-22222-9.)
  • isbn: International Standard Book Number such as 1-111-22222-9.
  • oclc: Online Computer Library Center ID number, such as 3185581.
  • quote: relevant quotation from the source.
  • ref: ID for anchor. By default, no anchor is generated. The ordinary nonempty value |ref=ID generates an anchor with the given ID; such a linkable reference can be made the target of wikilinks to full references, especially useful in short citations like shortened notes and parenthetical referencing. The special value |ref=harv generates an anchor suitable for the {{harv}} template; for this to work, both |people= and |date= must be specified. See also anchors for Harvard referencing templates.


  1. {{cite video | people=Fouladkar, Assad (Director) | date=2003-05-15 | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343175 | title=Lamma hikyit Maryam | medium=Motion picture | location=Lebanon | publisher=Fouladkar, Assad}}
  2. Fouladkar, Assad (Director). (2003-05-15). Lamma hikyit Maryam. [Motion picture]. Lebanon: Fouladkar, Assad. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343175.