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How to Cite a Podcast in MLA, APA, and Chicago

In this article, we discuss how to cite a podcast in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats.


Citing your work is a necessary but laborious process for any kind of research. To help, we’ve created this cheat sheet on how to cite a podcast in 3 popular formats, MLA, APA, and Chicago.

While each of these formats look different, you’ll need the same basic information for each one:

  • Podcast name
  • Publisher
  • Podcast URL
  • Author
  • Release date
  • Episode title

Luckily, all of this information is easy to find on a podcast’s Podchaser page.

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When Do You Need to Cite a Podcast?

The reason you need to cite a podcast is to avoid plagiarism. Stealing other people’s ideas or exact language is a big no-no and can get you in major trouble at most universities.The rule of thumb is: when you are in doubt about whether you should cite something, play it safe and just cite it. That being said, here are three scenarios that you 100% must cite your sources:

  • When directly quoting
  • When using information or data from a podcast
  • When summarizing or paraphrasing a creators’ ideas

How to Cite a Podcast in MLA

A citation in the text has a different format than a citation in your reference page. You’ll need to cite both ways when writing your research paper.

Reference Page: Last, First, M.I. of creator. “Title of episode.” Name of Podcast, Name of publisher/where you listened to the episode, Date it was posted, URL.

In-Text Citation: (Host’s last name, start time of relevant section-end time of section)

Examples:

Reference Page: Bryant, Chuck and Josh Clark. “How Mensa Works.” Stuff You Should Know, How Stuff Works, 14 April 2022, https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know-8201/episodes/how-mensa-works-133738038 

In-Text Citation: (Bryant and Clark, 0:17)


How to Cite a Podcast in APA

Reference Page: Last, First, M.I. (Contributor title). Date episode was published (Year, Month Day). Podcast title [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from URL.

In-Text Citation: (Episode Title, Year)

Examples:

Reference Page: Bryant, Chuck & Clark (Hosts). (2022, April 22). Stuff You Should Know [Audio Podcast]. https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know-8201/episodes/how-mensa-works-133738038 

In-Text Citation: (How Mensa Works, 2022)


How to Cite a Podcast in Chicago

Chicago style doesn’t use in-text citations. Instead Chicago uses endnotes or footnotes at the bottom of each page.

Reference Page: Last, First, M.I. “Title of Episode.” Produced by Company. Name of Podcast.  [Podcast audio], Month Day, Year episode was uploaded. Podcast URL

Endnotes: First, Last, M. Date of podcast. “Name of the podcast.” Podcast audio. Episode title. Publisher. File type. Accessed Month Day, Year. Podcast URL

Examples:

Reference Page: Bryant, Chuck & Josh Clark. “How Mensa Works.” Produced by How Stuff Works. Stuff You Should Know. [Podcast audio], April 22, 2022. https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know-8201/episodes/how-mensa-works-133738038 

Endnotes: Bryant, Chuck & Josh Clark. April 22, 2022. “Stuff You Should Know.” Podcast audio. How Mensa Works. How Stuff Works. Mp3. April 24, 2022. https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know-8201/episodes/how-mensa-works-133738038 


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