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MLA Format for Personal Observations

Updated July 21, 2017

Interviews

Citing an interview is different if you conducted the interview yourself rather than reading or watching someone else’s interview. Start with the name of the person you interviewed. Include the way the interview was conducted -- "Personal Interview," "Telephone Interview" or "Email Interview" -- and list the date you conducted it.

Oral Presentations

Lectures, speeches, addresses, readings and conference presentations are all cited the same way. Give the speaker’s name and the title of her presentation in quotation marks. List the event's sponsor, if applicable, followed by the location and date. At the citation’s end, state the presentation type.

Live Performances

To record a live performance, such as a play, opera, dance or concert, list the title of the play in italics, the playwright, the director with “Dir.” before his name, “Perf.” followed by the main performers’ names and the site of the performance, followed by the date. Write “Performance” at the end of the citation.

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Brittany Howard holds an M.A. in English from Valdosta State University and is a college instructor. She has experience teaching English, humanities and developmental courses.