When you cite your work at the end of an essay, how do you index Dr. Phil?  Do you use P for the alphabetical order- Phil Dr. or Dr. Phil?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Without knowing from whence the words of Dr. Phil have come, there can be no definitive answer for the question. Still, there are some suggestions that may assist in the appropriate formatting for the Works Cited page, using MLA format. (This is the format for literary works, and since the question is posted under the title "Literature," this will be used)

  1. If the words of Dr. Phil are from one of his books, then the student should cite the book from whence it comes. [For example, McGraw, Phillip, Ph.D. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.]
  2. If the words of Dr. Phil are from one of his television shows, 

    Start with the title of the episode in quotation marks. Then, provide the name of the series or program in italics. Be sure to include the network name, call letters of the station followed by the city, and the date of broadcast. End with the publication medium (e.g. Television, Radio). For television episodes on Videocassette or DVD refer to the “Recorded Television Episodes” section below.

    "Dealing with Disrespect" The Dr. Phil Show. Oprah Winfrey. TBS.Atlanta 19 Jul. 2008. Television.

  3. If the words of Dr. Phil are from an interview:

If the interview does not feature a title, add the descriptor Interview (unformatted) after the interviewee’s name. You may also use the descriptor Interview to add the name of the interview to the entry if it is relevant to your paper.

Last Name, First Name (of interviewer). Interview with Phillip McGraw. Michigan Review 27.3 (1999): 129-50. Print.


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