Interview [from Direct communication using OSCOLA]


If the author is also the interviewer, provide the name, position and institution (as relevant) of the interviewee, location of the interview, and full date. If the interview was conducted by someone other than the author, the interviewer’s name should appear before the rest of the citation, as in the second example.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Interviewer (if not the author), Interviewee, position, institution (as relevant) (Location of interview, full date).


C Anderson, Interview with Michael Mansfield QC (London, 12 December 2004).

Interview with Ian Bonar, University Librarian, University of Portsmouth (Portsmouth, 11 March 2007).

Reference List

A private interview is not a public source, it is not considered to be "recoverable data", therefore you cannot list it in your bibliography. A transcript may with the agreement of the interviewee be included as an appendix to your work.


  • In the example above the first is a private interview by the author and therefore not included in a Reference list although it may be footnoted and referenced to a appendix.
  • The second was a public interview recorded for broadcast and could therefore be included in a reference list.
  • This does not apply to published interviews, such as those found in articles or books.  In these cases, use the appropriate style for the source, and use your text to indicate that the context is an interview and whose speech you are quoting or paraphrasing, but cite the author of the article or book, as it is their account of what was said that you have seen.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 43.