Podcasts are considered credible and reliable sources of information in research. They can be cited in various ways depending on several factors, primarily the writing style used in the research document.
This article aims to discuss MLA podcast citation and the various types of podcasts you can include as research sources.1
Definition: MLA podcast citation
MLA podcast citation is the method of citing a podcast in MLA style. Researchers usually cite specific podcast episodes in addition to:
- Podcast’s name
MLA podcast citations can also include a timestamp to highlight a specific quote.
MLA podcast citation: Entire series
You may have to cite an entire podcast series rather than a specific episode. This may occur when a podcast is relatively short and covers a central theme on air for most of its time.
MLA podcast citation of a whole series is structured as follows:
|Last name of the host, First name, host. Name of Podcast. Publisher name, year, range, URL.|
|MLA Works Cited Entry|
|Morrill, J, host. The Green Room, Roca, 2010-, www.rocaradio.org/shows/greenroom.|
|MLA In-Text Citation|
MLA podcast citation: From an app
If the podcast was accessed on an app rather than a website through platforms like Spotify, YouTube Music, or iTunes, list the version of the app accessed and any additional information you can find, such as the app publisher.
The MLA podcast citation for apps is formatted as follows:
|Host last name, First name, host. "Title of Episode." Name of Podcast, Name of App, season number, episode number, Name of Publisher, Day, Month, Year.|
|MLA Works Cited entry|
|Riley, Huey, host. "Comicon Wars." The Sauce, Spotify app, 15 May. 2016.|
|MLA in-text citation|
In MLA podcast citation, the author generally refers to the host unless the researcher is primarily focusing on the contribution of another party besides the host, such as a guest or narrator.
Regardless of the case, MLA podcast citation requires that a label be included to identify the role of the author.
Podcasts in MLA citation are cited by indicating:
- Authors’ names
- Name of the publisher
You may cite a specific quote, episode, or an entire podcast series, depending on the scope of your work.
The host of the podcast is the author in most cases.
However, you may want to cite a specific quote mentioned by someone other than the host of the podcast; this may be a guest or a narrator.
Yes, you can. Podcasts may mimic conventional reports where a central theme underlies the bulk of the discussions on the podcast; you can cite an entire podcast in such instances.
Most popular podcasts are accessible on apps; you can cite a podcast hosted on an app such as Spotify. Ensure you indicate the app’s details in addition to the name and author of the podcast you are citing.
1 Utica University. “MLA 8 Citation Guide. ” October 29, 2021. https://utica.libguides.com/c.php?g=703243&p=4991670.
2 EasyBib. “How to Cite a Podcast in MLA.” Accessed January 9, 2023. https://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/how-to-cite-a-podcast-mla/.
3 MLA Style Center. “How do I cite an episode of a podcast?” October 27, 2017. https://style.mla.org/how-do-i-cite-a-podcast-episode.