How should I cite information/quotations I obtained from a personal home video of the Hiroshima Peace Museum for an APA style term paper?A couple years ago I visited the city of Hiroshima while on...

How should I cite information/quotations I obtained from a personal home video of the Hiroshima Peace Museum for an APA style term paper?

A couple years ago I visited the city of Hiroshima while on vacation in Japan. While there my group visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum, but because we arrived late in the day, there wasn't much time to look around before closing. I wanted to read the various information they had posted on throughout the museum, but since I was running out of time I'd pulled out my video camera and recorded what was posted so I could read it later (dorky I know but its a subject I'm interested in).

As it so happened, I never deleted the videos from that time, and now I'm writing a paper on Hiroshima and I want to use some of the information contained in those videos in my paper (my professor's already given me permission to).

The only problem is, I have no idea how I'm supposed to cite the information I quote. Do I cite the video, the Museum, both or some sort of combination?

Some of the information I'm using is: a quote from Mother Teresa they have posted, descriptions of the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony, and various facts about the bombing, its victims, and the rebuilding of the city.

The professor is requiring the paper to be written in APA format which makes things even more difficult for me since I've only ever written in MLA up until now.

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dmcgillem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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There is no actual citation that exists for a personal videotape in the APA manual, but it directs the user to use an example that is most like your source if none exists.  An example of that structure follows.  You do not need to cite the video in your paper.  Think of it this way:  the purpose of a citation is so that someone could replicate your research if they wanted to check its authenticity or build upon your ideas.  In this case, they wouldn't refer to your personal videotape, they would go to the museum, museum website, or to the organization that sponsors the museum exhibit.

To cite a museum exhibit, you can follow this format:

For your reference list, type "Title of Exhibit." Name of Museum. Address of Museum. Date of Visit.  In your paper, you would put the name of the exhibit and the date of your visit.

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dmcgillem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Facts about the bombing, its victims, and the rebuilding of the city would definitely need to be cited.  If you saw the Peace Memorial Ceremony, you could include your observations, but might also include cited information on its origination, etc.

APA format is different from MLA, but there are many quality guides abailable to follow.  Check out the link below for a great source.

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dmcgillem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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I have combined the answer to this question with your later posting.

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