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How to Cite a Transcript

Updated April 17, 2017

Citing in the Bibliography

Step 1

Start the bibliographic entry with the title of the transcript in quotation marks followed by a period.

Step 2

Follow the title with the program name and broadcaster of the transcript. For example: All Things Considered and NPR. The name of the program should be put into italics.

Step 3

Follow this information with the date of the original speech, the type of source, for example the web, and the date the source was accessed.

Step 4

Conclude the entry with the type of source you are citing, a transcript in this case.

An example of an entry looks like this: “Letters Sent to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Brown vs. Board of Education Decision.” All Things Considered. National Public Radio. 17 May 2004. Web. 18 August 2008. Transcript.

Citing in Text

Step 1

Cite a source with a shortened version of the title. If the single word title is too similar to another source's title, use a shortened version of the title. For example, the original transcript title might be "President Obama Calls for Thorough and Timely Confirmation for Judge Sonia Sotomayor." The parenthetical citation could read (“President Obama Calls”). This citation will make it clear which transcript or source you are using.

Step 2

Put the citation at the end of the sentence, in parenthesis .

Step 3

Place quotation marks around the name of the transcript.

For example: The latest news predicts a sharp drop in consumer spending (“Numbers”)

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Tips

  • This entry should go on a separate “Works Cited” page which will be attached at the end of the essay or report.
  • All bibliographic entries should indent every line after the first line.
  • Edit all citations and works cited pages.
  • Always cite any information or quote that is not common knowledge and comes directly from a source.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.