How to cite an interview in MLA

When citing an interview in MLA style (8th edition), the name of the interviewee appears as the author in the in-text citation.

In the Works Cited entry, the interviewee’s name is followed by the title of the interview in quotation marks. If there is no title, use the description “Interview” (with no styling or quotation marks).

If you conducted the interview yourself, add your own name and the date on which the interview took place. If you found the interview in a published source, include the name of the interviewer and full details of the source.

MLA interview citation examples
Works Cited entryIn-text citation
Personal interviewStreefkerk, Raimo. Interview. Conducted by Shona McCombes, 20 July 2019.(Streefkerk)
Published interviewSpark, Muriel. “Unsentimental Voyager.” Interview by Stephanie Merritt. The Guardian, 10 Sept. 2000, www.theguardian.com/­books/­2000/­sep/­10/­fiction.murielspark.(Spark)

Citing a personal interview in MLA

To cite an interview that you conducted yourself, start the Works Cited entry with the name of the interviewee. Then simply describe it with the word Interview, followed by your own name and the date on which the interview took place.

Gray, Alasdair. Interview. Conducted by Duncan Thaw, 08 Aug 2017.

In the parenthetical citation, you only need to include the interviewee’s last name.

(Gray)

Citing a published interview in MLA

To cite an interview that you found in a published source (for example, in a newspaper, book or video), treat the person being interviewed as the author, and put the title of the interview in quotation marks. Then include full details of the source according to the MLA core elements.

In the parenthetical citation, include the interviewee’s last name and (if available) the page number. If the source is a video or audio recording, add the time range instead.

Interview in an online magazine

For an interview published in an online magazine, newspaper or blog, you add the name of the publication, the date it was posted, and the URL.

Works Cited

Shonkoff, Jack P. “How the Stress of Separation and Detention Changes the Lives of Children.” Interview by Isaac Chotiner. The New Yorker, 13 July 2019, www.newyorker.com/­news/­q-and-a/­how-­the-­stress-­of-­separation-­and-­detention-­changes-­the-­lives-­of-­children.

In-text citation

(Shonkoff)

Read more about MLA online article citations.

Interview in a book

For an interview that appears as a chapter or section in a book, you need to include the book’s title; the author(s) or editor(s); the publisher; the publication year; and the page range on which the interview appears.

If the author or editor of the book is the same as the interviewer, you can leave out this part of the citation to avoid repetition.

Works Cited

Foucault, Michel. “Polemics, Politics, and Problematizations.” Interview by Paul Rabinow. The Foucault Reader, Pantheon, 1984, pp. 381–390.

In-text citation

(Foucault 383)

Read more about how to cite a book in MLA.

Interview in a journal

For an interview published in an academic journal, you need to include the journal name, volume and number, the date or year, and the page range. If you accessed the interview on an online database, include the name of the database and the DOI or stable URL.

Works Cited

Butler, Judith. “How Bodies Come to Matter.” Interview by Irene Costera Meijer and Baukje Prins. Signs, vol. 23, no. 2, 1998, pp. 275-286. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/­stable/­3175091.

In-text citation

(Butler 280)

Read more about MLA journal citations.

Online video of an interview

If you accessed a video or audio recording of the interview online, include the platform or website, the user who uploaded the interview, the date it was uploaded, and the URL.

Works Cited

Smith, Zadie. “On Shame, Rage and Writing”. Interview by Synne Rifbjerg. YouTube, uploaded by Louisiana Channel, 17 Apr. 2018, www.youtube.com/­watch?v=4LREBOwjrrw.

In-text citation

(Smith 04:25–04:40)

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