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English 101: MLA Citations, with Stephanie Hammer: Examples for citing an article and interview

Citing an article or film review

From a Library Database

Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article or Review." Title of Newspaper, Magazine or Journal, vol number, issue number (if available), date, page numbers (if available). Name of Database, URL.

Works cited example:

Koehler, Robert. "Parasite." Cineaste, vol. 45, no. 2, Spring 2020, pp. 40-42. ProQuest, http://edmonds.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.edmonds.idm.oclc.org/magazines/parasite/docview/2359962860/se-2?accountid=1626.

In-text citation example:  (Koehler 41)

From the Web

Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Website, date (if available), URL.

Works cited example:

Dargis, Manohla. "'Parasite’ Review: The Lower Depths Rise With a Vengeance." New York Times, 10 Feb. 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/movies/parasite-review.html.

In-text citation example: (Dargis)

Citing a Film or Video

On a Streaming Service

Title of Film or Video. Director, Film Studio or Distributor, Release Year. Name of Database or Streaming Platform, URL.

Last name, first name of director. Title of Film or Video. Film Studio or Distributor, Release Year. Name of Database or Streaming Platform, URL.

NOTE: Films are collaborative works, so how you cite them depends on the focus of your essay. If your focus is on the director and the choices they make in telling the story, you begin your citation in the Works Cited list with the director's name (last name, first name). If your essay focuses on various aspects of the films, such as the story, the actor’s performances, and the director’s choices, start your citation with the film's title. And, remember, your in-text citation will always be keyed to the first element in your full citation.  See the examples below.

Work Cited Example:

Coogler, Ryan, director. Black Panther. Screenplay by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, performance by Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios, 2018. Disney+, https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-black-panther/1GuXuYPj99Ke.

In-text citation: Timestamp example: (Coogler 1:25-15-01:40:05)

Citing an interview

Interview Online from a Program

Last name, first name of person being interviewed.  "Title of the segment."  Name of interviewer. Program title, Network, Date of broadcast, URL.

Works cited example

Lee, Spike. "A 'Heavenly Light' Shined On Chadwick Boseman In 'Da 5 Bloods.'" Interview by Sam Sanders. Fresh Air, National Public Radio, 15 Feb. 2021, https://www.npr.org/2021/02/15/966319454/spike-lee-a-heavenly-light-shined-on-chadwick-boseman-in-da-5-bloods.

In-text example: (Lee)

Interview Conducted by Email

Last name, first name of the person who was interviewed. How the interview was conducted. Name of person conducting the interview, date.

Works cited example:

Hammer, Stephanie. E-mail interview. Conducted by Meryl Geffner, 5 March 2021.

Interview Published Online

Works cited example:

Te'o, Manti. ″The Full Manti.″ Interview conducted by Pete Thamel. Sports Illustrated, 1 Oct. 2012, https://vault.si.com/vault/2012/10/01/the-full-manti.