Citing Helps Your Reader.
Citing each use of an external source or idea provides a path for the reader to follow in the event that he or she is interested in further reading. It allows the reader to locate the article or book and read the claim in its complete context. During your academic career, your instructor will be your immediate, if not only, reader. Citations perform the same job here as well. A look at some of your sources may help your instructor determine how accurately and effectively you are using your research sources.
Citing Shows Respect.
Just as you would not want others to take and use your ideas and writing without crediting you, you should not take the ideas or writing of others without crediting them. By citing the ideas and writing of writers, you showing them respect and credibility.
Citing Avoids Plagiarism.
It is a fundamental academic requirement that you clearly distinguish your ideas and writing from those of the sources you use in your paper. Citation provides the mode of this distinction. It is in your own self-interest and self-protection to clearly cite your sources in order to avoid severe penalties.
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How to Reference an Interview in APA
Use the following template to cite an interview using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA, Chicago, and Turabian styles. To have your bibliography or works cited list automatically made for you, check out our free APA citation maker.
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Important Note on Personal Interviews:
- A personal interview should NOT be included in a reference list in APA. They are not considered recoverable data (they cannot be found by a researcher). You should reference personal interviews as in-text citations instead.
- Example: (J. Doe, personal communication, December 12, 2004)
That being said, there is a general structure if you want to cite a personal interview as part of your APA works cited list:
Author, A. (Year, Month Date). Interview type.
APA format example:
Marino, B. (2014, October 18). Personal Interview.
For more information on how to cite in APA, check out the APA Style Guide.
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