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How to Cite an Interview in Harvard Style?

Published by at August 15th, 2021 , Revised On August 23, 2023

1. How to Citing interviews you conducted at Harvard

Quoting your research participants

In Harvard referencing, the basics of in-text citation for personal communications are:

Author (communicator).


Format description.



The Vice Chancellor’s statement was confirmed during an interview (P Dawkins 2011, personal communication, 11 October). OR, During an interview conducted on 11 October 2011, Prof Peter Dawkins stated that …


One participant, David, stated in an interview (surname, David Year, personal communication, Date and Year) that he found the experience “very challenging” (full interview transcripts are presented in Appendix A).
During an interview conducted on Date and Year, one participant, David, stated that he found the experience “very challenging” (full interview transcripts are presented in Appendix A)

Citing Personal Interviews

An email (L. Singh 2020, personal communication, April 24) with one of the researchers involved in the project clarified that it was “still ongoing”.

2. Citing published interviews

Citing a newspaper interview

The United States aims to return its space program to its former glory. Bridenstine (2018) stated that “A big objective is to once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil”.

Note: Under this section on the APA website given, the second example doesn’t hold true in Harvard. The above format is the one main one followed in Harvard referencing, where the name of the interviewee is mentioned, followed by the year of the interview in ().


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 Dundas, D. (2019). Interview with Zadie Smith on fighting the algorithm, 8 November, p.
In-text citations Dundas (2009) stated: “If you are under 30, and you are able to think for yourself right now, God bless you.


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Citing a podcast interview



The year that the site was published/last updated (in round brackets).

Title of the podcast (in italics).


Day/month of the posted message.

Available at: URL.

(Accessed: date)

Reference List 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=1000492394615
In-text citations O’Brien (2020)…


Citing an interview from YouTube


Name of the person posting video.

Year video posted (in round brackets).

Title of film or programme (in italics).

Available at: URL.

(Accessed: date)

Reference list 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).
In-text citations The video (The New Yorker, 2018)…


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, when following Harvard citation style, you must cite an interview you conducted. Include interviewee’s name, date, method, and context. Citing maintains academic integrity and allows readers to verify your sources.

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