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How to Cite a Television Interview in MLA Format

by Maggie Lourdes, Demand Media

    The Modern Language Association provides citation rules for research papers for humanities and liberal arts courses. The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.), and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.) outlines MLA methods for citing television interviews. Writers use proper referencing to bolster their research and avoid allegations of plagiarism.

    Television Interviews

    MLA style cites television interviews beginning with interviewees' last and first names. The names of the interviewers, the italicized names of shows, the call letters for the broadcasting networks, and broadcasting stations, with cities, and dates follow. Lastly, note the medium of publication: television. For example: Eastwood, Clint. Interview by John Jacobs. Western Stars. PBS. WTSJ, Detroit: 6 Jan. 2011. Television.

    Variations

    Specifically titled interviews are inserted in quotes before television program names. For example: Eastwood, Clint. "How to Succeed in Hollywood." Interview by John Jacobs. Western Stars. PBS. WTSJ, Detroit: 6 Jan. 2011. Television. If information is not available, such as the name of an interviewer, it is left absent from the citation. For example: Eastwood, Clint. Interview. Western Stars. PBS. WTSJ, Detroit: 6 Jan. 2011. Television.

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    Maggie Lourdes is a full-time attorney in southeast Michigan. She teaches law at Cleary University in Ann Arbor and online for National University in San Diego. Her writing has been featured in "Realtor Magazine," the N.Y. State Bar's "Health Law Journal," "Oakland County Legal News," "Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal," "Eye Spy Magazine" and "Surplus Today" magazine.

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