Citing Interviews Using the MLA Style

An MLA interview citation is included in the Works Cited section if a researcher has conducted interviews to complete his or her research paper. Of course, a researcher can also use already-published interviews instead of conducting one of his or her own. The basic elements that are included in an MLA interview citation are interviewee’s name, title of interview, and date of interview. Some other elements, of course, will be added into the citation depending on what kind of interview is to be cited.

Below is a table that shows the format of interview citations:

Type of Reference Material

MLA Format

Citation in the Works Cited Page

Personal interview Last Name of Interviewee, First Name of Interviewee. Personal interview. Day Month Year of Interview. De Leon, Bert. Personal interview. 12 February 2003.

 

*If the interview was conducted face-to-face, write “personal interview.” However, if it was conducted over the phone, write “phone interview” instead.

Published interviews which are only available online Last Name of Interviewee, First Name of Interviewee. “Title of Interview.” Name of Website. Sponsor or Publisher, Date of Publication. Medium of Publication. Day Month Year of Access. Edenhofer, Ottmar, and Brigitte Knopf. “Ottmar Edenhofer & Brigitte Knopf on the Cost of Lowering Greenhouse Gases.” Science Watch. Thomson Reuters. January 2012. Web. 16 July 2012.

 

*The citation of an interview published online follows the format of an online source except that the interviewee’s name replaces that of the author’s.

Untitled published interviews which are only available online Last Name of Interviewee, First Name of Interviewee. Interview or Interview by Name of Interviewer. Name of Website. Sponsor or Publisher, Date of Publication. Medium of Publication. Day Month Year of Access. Bird, Andrew. Interview by Anthony Carew. About.com. The New York Times Company. 2012. Web. 2 June 2012.

 

*An untitled interview can have the descriptor “Interview” followed by the name of the interviewer to clarify what kind of material is being referred to. The interviewer’s name is mentioned only when deemed relevant to the citation.

Broadcasted interview Last Name of Interviewee, First Name of Interviewee. Interview or Interview by Name of Interviewer or “Title of Interview.” Name of Program. Network Name. Call Letters of the Station, City. Day Month Year of Broadcast. Medium of Publication. Assange, Julian. Interview. Today. BBC. London. 21 December 2010. Radio.

 

* If the only a descriptor is used, do not use quotation marks. Only the interview title should be enclosed in quotation marks.

*BBC and other stations in the UK does not have call station letters.

Broadcasted interview with an independent title Last Name of Interviewee, First Name of Interviewee. Title of Interview. Network Name. Call Letters of the Station, City. Day Month Year of Broadcast. Medium of Publication. Capilouto, Eli. UKNow In Depth: Fulfilling the Kentucky Promise. CBS. WKYT-TV, Lexington. 16 July 2012. Television.

 

*Some large-scale interviews have independent titles. As such, the title of the interview itself is written in italics.

 

An MLA interview citation is a bit tricky to master since its elements vary depending on the interview used as a reference material. However, with the Internet, a researcher can easily check the accuracy of his or her citation format.