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Can interviews be used as sources?

asked 2019-11-09 20:55:32 -0500

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Can interviews, either ones conducted by the students or published interviews be used as sources?

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answered 2019-11-10 08:11:55 -0500

Interviews are a tricky thing on Wikipedia. They're predominantly seen as primary sources since in many cases it's a transcript of the interviewer and interviewee talking back and forth. They may not get the verification that a traditionally written article may, as the interviewee's claims are marked as being their words - there's less of a sense of urgency to verify something since it's not going to be written in the voice of the publication or interviewer.

Now that said, only interviews published in reliable sources would be seen as usable on Wikipedia and they can really only be used to back up basic details. Ones conducted by students wouldn't be seen as reliable since it would be a self-published source and it would (theoretically anyway) not have undergone any editorial or verification processes.

If the students wish, they can definitely still upload a transcript or audio recording to WIkimedia Commons as long as they hold the copyrights to the interview and the interviewee didn't request that the entire thing be kept private. Here's an example of an interview transcript on Commons:

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