MLA Podcast Citation – Format & Examples (9th Edition)

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MLA-Podcast-Citation-Definition

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

MLA Podcast Citation – In a Nutshell

  • MLA podcast citation mentions podcasts used as sources in MLA academic writing.
  • Podcasts can be categorized into many groups, including professional, personal, and lifestyle podcasts and niche podcasts such as science and technology.
  • Podcasts can be a valuable source of research material since they are easy to access and provide structured information.
  • MLA podcast citation gives stipulations to cite podcasts as a whole, by episode, and according to the principal author.

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
  • Season
  • Publisher
  • URL
  • Date

MLA podcast citations can also include a timestamp to highlight a specific quote.

MLA-Podcast-Citation-Example

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:

MLA format
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
(Morrill)2

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:

MLA format
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
(Huey 12:25)2

MLA podcast citation: Labelling the author

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.

MLA podcast citation author labels:

  • Jefferson, Waldo, host.
  • Collins, Jim, narrator.
  • Swazy, Patrick, guest.
  • Carter, Dwayne, producer.3

FAQs

Podcasts in MLA citation are cited by indicating:

  • Authors’ names
  • Podcast
  • 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.

Sources

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.