How to Do an APA Reference Citation for a Transcript


With so many reference and style guides available to writers, it's easy to become confused during the paper-writing process. Once you have determined which citation style you will be using for a paper, it is important to familiarize yourself with the guidelines of that style. American Psychological Association (APA) style is most often used within the social sciences and guidebooks are available in print version or on the Internet. These come in handy when you have questions about citing more difficult references, such as transcripts of interviews.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • APA Style Guide (hard copy or online version)
  • Write the last name of the person conducting the interview, followed by a comma and the first initial with a period. In parenthesis, write "Interviewer," followed by an ampersand.

  • Repeat the first step, but instead write the last name of the person being interviewed, followed by a comma and the first initial with a period. In parenthesis, write "Interviewee," followed by a period.

  • List the year of the interview in parenthesis, followed by a period.

  • Write the title of the interview in italics, followed by the non-italicized words "Interview transcript" in brackets. End this with a period.

  • Write "Retrieved from" and list the official name of the website the transcript was retrieved from. End this with a colon and then insert the full URL that links to the transcript. Do not end this with a period.

Tips & Warnings

  • For quick reference to a variety of style guides, purchase a writer's manual that includes popular formats, such as MLA, APA and Chicago.
  • Create a bookmarks folder in your Internet browser if you plan to use online documentation resources.
  • Refer to university library websites for links to recommended online guides.
  • Check out websites, such as EasyBib ( or BibMe (, which allow you to enter your reference information and have it automatically formatted, based on the style you select.
  • If you own a hard copy of a style guide, be aware that these guides are updated frequently. What you may think is a proper citation one year could change the next.


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