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How to Format Interview Questions Using APA Format


How to format interview questions in APA format depends on whether you're citing a personal interview you had or an interview you read in a newspaper, magazine, on the Internet or elsewhere. If you conducted the interview yourself, you only need to provide an in-text citation. If the interview has been recorded by someone else, you need to provide the location where you retrieved the interview, in addition to an in-text citation.

Personal Interview

Write the name of the person you interviewed, including his first initial and last name: (B. Tellson.)

State that this was an interview: (B. Tellson, personal communication.)

Include the date you conducted the interview, enclose the whole citation in parentheses and place the citation at the end of the sentence that references the interview: (B. Tellson, personal communication, September 4, 2010).

Published Interview

Write the name of the author of the interview, including his first initial and last name: (R. Stanley.)

Indicate the date the interview was published, as well as the page number of the document you are referring to: (R. Stanley, 2011, p. 2.)

Enclose the whole citation in parentheses and place it at the end of the sentence that references the interview. (R. Stanley, 2011, p. 2).

Create a References List on a separate page.

Include the name of the author, the date in parentheses, the title of the document, any editors or translators, the website or the volume number and issue, if a periodical, and the page numbers you are referring to from the document: Stanley, R. (2011, September 4). Talking to a celebrated author of science fiction. Fiction Magazine, 51, 20-22.

Indent the second and subsequent lines and italicize the title of the periodical.

About the Author

Nadine Smith has been writing since 2010. She teaches college writing and ESL courses and has several years experience tutoring all ages in English, ESL and literature. Nadine holds a Master of Arts in English language and literature from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where she led seminars as a teaching assistant.