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Chicago Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you learn what Chicago Style is and includes. This guide will help you cite sources and avoid plagiarism. The guide also includes examples of Chicago style and lead you to resources that can help you cite sources.


Unattributed Interviews

General Format:

2. Interview with identifier (e.g. health-care worker), Date.

For Example:

2. Interview with political science student, September 29, 2016.

Shortened Note:

5. Interview with political science student.

See note ¹


Published or Broadcast Interviews

General Format:

3. IntervieweeFirstName IntervieweeLastName, "Title of Interview," interview by InterviewerFirstName InterviewerLastName, Source, Date, URL or page(s).

For Example:

3. Angula, Nahas, "The Pan-African Institute for the Study of African Society: an interview with Nahas Angula," interview by Itibari M. Zulu, Journal of Pan African Studies 10, no. 1 (March 2017): 279, EBSCOhost.


4. Bruce Springsteen, "Watch: Bruce Springsteen, our complete interview," interview by Jeffrey Brown, PBS NewsHour, December 20, 2016, 

Shortened Note:

6. Springsteen, interview.

Corresponding Bibliography Entry:

Springsteen, Bruce. "Watch: Bruce Springsteen, our complete interview." By Jeffrey Brown. PBS NewsHour, December 20, 2016. 

See notes  ², ³


¹ A bibliography entry is not needed. See 14.212: Unattributed interviews for more information. 

² For more information on interviews, see the Interviews and Personal Communications section of the CMOS.

³ The Citation Quick Guide section on Interviews used this format of shortened citations.