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Capstone Projects - Finding and Citing Media

A guide for finding media to use in a multi-media Capstone Project, and best practices in incorporating and citing media in your project.

Best Practices in Using and Citing Videos

Videos that you create:

  • You may insert the video into your presentation slide
  • You may choose a video hosting platform such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Consider file format of the video
    • .avi and .mov are uncompressed file formats recommended for long term preservation (but are larger in size/ take longer to download)
    • MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1 are recommended compressed formats
  • Consider any other media that you incorporated into your video. Are all images, music, video clips, etc: Created by you? Or, CC licensed or royalty free? If not, you may be infringing on copyright. Obtain written permission.​

Videos that others created:

  • Insert the link to the video or use the platform's embed function. Downloading and inserting a full video, even with citation, is not best practice, as it may infringe on copyright.
  • Cite the source of the video on the same page (best) or in a reference list (ok) at the end of your slide deck, webpage, etc.


Resources for reusable audio and video

Librarian curated lists for finding Creative Commons and royalty free audio and video:

Finding CC Licensed Works

Hamline Audio Sources Page

Audio Sources: Free Music - Courtesy of University of Notre Dame

Free Media Library (audio, image, video) - Courtesy of Penn State University

Royalty Free Music - Courtesy of Ball State University

Find and Download Royalty-Free Music and Sounds - Courtesy of University of Houston

Videos and other media