How to cite an interview in MLA

MLA personal interview citation

To cite a personal interview in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Interviewee name(s): Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For three or more authors, list the first name followed by et al. (e. g. Watson, John, et al.)
  2. Title of the interview: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Interviewer name(s): Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For three or more authors, list the first name followed by et al. (e. g. Watson, John, et al.)
  4. Title of the source: Container titles are italicized and followed by a comma.
  5. Date of publication: Give the day, month and year of publication. All months, excluding June and July, are abbreviated as three letters (e.g. 9 Aug. 2019.)
  6. page numbers: Give the full page range preceded by pp. If only one page, precede with one p.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a personal interview in MLA style 8th edition:

Interviewee name(s). "Title of the interview." Interviewer name(s). Title of the source, Date of publication, pp. page numbers.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:

Examples

An MLA interview citation

Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda. "A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." Interview by Susan VanZanten. Image Journal, no. 65, Undated, https://imagejournal.org/article/conversation-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie/.

An MLA interview citation with an anonymous subject

Respondent #3. . "Using Feminist Methods and Restorative Justice to Interview Capital Offenders’ Family Members." Interview by Elizabeth Beck and Sarah Britto. vol. 21, no. 1, Feb. 1 2006, pp. 59-70.

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