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How to Cite Interviews in Harvard Style?

Published by at August 27th, 2021 , Revised On August 23, 2023

Interviews are a very important source of information for any writer. Whether it’s a report, a thesis or even a short review of a product, citing interviews in any kind of text is a huge part of referenced material.

How an interview is cited in Harvard referencing depends, mainly, on the kind of platform the interview was published at and/or retrieved from.

The basic format for citing and referencing interviews in Harvard is:

In-text citation: (Author Surname, Year Published)

Reference list entry: Author Surname, Author Initial(s) (Year Published). Title in italics.

For example:

In-text citation: Eckermann, R. (2014). About Smart Grid Data Communication Architectures in Australia.

Reference list entry: Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Member of Regional Telecommunications, President of Smart Grid Australia, and Representative of CURRENT Australia. (Eckermann, 2014)

Following are the main types of interviews published online and how they’re cited in Harvard style, based on their sources.

Types of published interviews with citation and referencing formats and examples

1. Citing a newspaper interview

Format  Name of person interviewed.
Year of interview (in round brackets).
Title of the interview (if any) (in single quotation marks).
Interview with/interviewed by.
Interviewer’s name.
Title of publication or broadcast (in italics).
Day and month of interview, page numbers (if relevant).
If published on the internet add:
Available at: URL.
(Accessed: date)
Reference List Entry  Dundas, D. (2019). Interview with Zadie Smith on fighting the algorithm, 8 November, p. #.
In-text Citation  Dundas (2009) stated: “If you are under 30, and you are able to think for yourself right now, God bless you.”


2. Citing a podcast interview

Format Author/presenter.
Year that the site was published/last updated (in round brackets).
Title of podcast (in italics).
Day/month of posted message.
Available at: URL.
(Accessed: date).
Reference List Entry  O’Brien, J. (2020, September 24). Full Disclosure with James O’Brien. [LBC]. Available at: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/margaret-atwood/id1454408831?i=100049239461
In-text Citation  O’Brien (2020) …


3. Citing an interview from YouTube

Format Name of person posting video.
Year video posted (in round brackets).
Title of film or program (in italics).
Available at: URL.
(Accessed: date).
Reference List Entry  The New Yorker. (2018). Malcolm Gladwell explains where his ideas come from. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLxV5L6IaFA (Accessed: 18 June 2015)./td>
In-text Citation  The video (The New Yorker, 2018)/td>



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Frequently Asked Questions

In Harvard style, cite interviews as follows: Surname, Initial(s). (Year). Interviewee. Interviewed by Your Name. Date. [Type of Interview]. Available at: URL (if online) or Location (if in-person). Accessed: Date.

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