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How to Cite an Interview In-Text in MLA

by Melissa Hamilton, Demand Media

    Using an interview in your research paper gives a readers a firsthand account of the topic. Modern Language Association style has three ways to cite interviews on a bibliography and one in-text method. The bibliography citation depends upon whether you are using a personal interview you conducted yourself, an interview published in a printed reference or an interview published online. Yet the in-text citation is the same regardless.

    Items you will need

    • Interview
    Step 1

    Cite any interview according to the last name of the interviewee for in-text citations. You do not need a page number for interview citations. For example: (Swift).

    Step 2

    Back up the in-text citation with a corresponding entry in the bibliography. Cite interviews that you have conducted with the interviewee’s name and the date. For example: Swift, Taylor. Personal Interview. 16 June 2009.

    Step 3

    Cite published interviews in print or broadcast form with the interviewee’s name, the title of the interview, the publication name, the date, page numbers (if applicable) and the medium. For example: Swift, Taylor. Interview with Diane Sawyer. ABC World News (2009): Broadcast.

    Step 4

    Cite online interviews similar to other published interviews. Include the name of the website and the access date. For example: Lambert, Miranda. Interview by John Smith. CMT Artists. CMT, 2008. Web. 4 Aug. 2011.

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    References

    • “MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition”; Modern Language Association; 2009

    About the Author

    Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She is the film/television editor for "Portrait Magazine" and has contributed to "Boise Metropolitan Weekly." Hamilton is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history and journalism from Boise State University.

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