How to Cite a Person in an Annotated Bibliography in MLA

An annotated bibliography is a works cited page with a short, descriptive qualifier after each citation that aims to show the relevance of the source. Citing a person, whether from an interview or print source, in an annotated bibliography in MLA (Modern Language Association) format is a combination not only citing who the person is that you're quoting, but why including them in a paper is appropriate to the subject of your paper.

Step 1

Cite interviews taken from print or web sources like this: Hose, Carl. Interview. Carl's House. 10 February 2009. If you quote the interview from a print source, include the print source after the initial information according to MLA style, which includes title of the interview, title of the publication, date of publication, and page numbers the interview appears on. Include a URL for web interviews.

Step 2

Cite in-person interviews, phone interviews, or email interviews starting with the last name, then first name of the interview subject. Example: Hose, Carl. Telephone Interview. 10 February 2010. Replace telephone interview with either email interview or personal interview, whichever the situation warrants.

Step 3

Drop down a double space and write 150 to 200 words that succinctly tells readers who Carl Hose is and why the interview with him is relevant to the article. Note any achievements he has that qualifies him, as well as any other publications where information regarding Carl and the subject of the paper can be found. this is the annotated part of the citation. Without it, you have a basic MLA citation.


As of 2009, MLA updates indicate that it isn't absolutely necessary to list the full URL of websites. The name of the website is sufficient, as MLA style guidelines assume a reader can locate the web page easily.

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