Interview Essay Sample Mla

Sample Outline

How do I write an outline?

This outline will help you write a five paragraph essay for a narrative format. However, you can easily organize your question and answer format essay using this outline as well.

I. Introduction

Start with a humorous or interesting anecdote or fact that the person told you.

Thesis statement: A thesis statement is one sentence that tells who was interviewed, his or her title, and why you interviewed the person. Basically, what do you plan to tell your reader about this person? This must be in the introduction, and you must spell the person's name correctly. Read this article on how to write a thesis statement for more help.

II. Body paragraph 1: One big idea you learned

III. Body paragraph 2: Second big idea you learned

IV. Body paragraph 3: Third big idea you learned

V. Conclusion: You need to wrap up your essay by summarizing and writing some concluding remarks about the person.

A great place to go for many citation and quotation questions is the Purdue OWL. On their MLA guide, it specifically breaks down examples for how to go about citing and using varying resources. Here's their page that includes information regarding personal interviews: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/09/

And here's what they say:

"Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview.

Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014."

This refers to the citation on the Works Cited page. For quoting in-text, you would then follow the standard MLA way of quoting and citing in-text, which means unless you mention the interviewee's name in the sentence you would put their last name in parenthesis at the end of the sentence. What you put in parenthesis in-text in MLA should correspond to the first part of your citation on the works cited page. In the previous example your in text citation would be (Smith) unless you referred to the interviewee by name in the sentence.  

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