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MLA (Modern Language Association) Style: Citing personal communication

Personal Communication

Smith, John. Meeting. With Mary Doe. 15 Oct. 2019.

Smith, John. Oral interview. Conducted by Mary Doe. 15 Oct. 2019.

If the interview was conducted via email, substitute “E-mail interview” for “Oral Interview.”

Smith, John. E-mail interview. Conducted by Mary Doe. 15 Oct. 2019.


The word “lecture” may be replaced by the type of presentation. Some options are: Address, Reading, Speech, Keynote, Guest lecture, or Conference presentation.

Smith, John. “The Road Less Travelled.” Alabama Library Association Annual Meeting, 23 Mar. 2018, Birmingham, AL. Lecture.

Smith, John. “Romantic Poetry.” EH 222: British and Irish Literature II (1800-Present), 14 Jan. 2018, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Class Lecture.

Smith, John. E-mail to the Author. 15 Oct. 2019.

If the email was to someone other than the author, include the receiver’s name.

Smith, John. E-mail to Delores Carlito. 15 Oct. 2019.

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