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Works Cited Page Format

Your works cited page appears at the end of your paper. If you cited a source in the text of your paper, it must be listed here; if you list a work here, it must be cited in your paper. 

Overall Page

  • Begin on a new page, separate from your paper
  • Title the page Works Cited (top of page, center aligned)--Do not bold, underline or add quotation marks
  • All text should be double-spaced
  • Entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of the work (or the title if no author is available)
  • After the first line of each entry, you should indent one-half inch (hanging indentation) 

Individual Entries

  • Invert authors' names (last name first)
  • Capitalize all important words in titles
  • Italicize longer works like books and journals
  • Use quotation marks around shorter works (articles, entries, etc.)

MLA's List of Core Elements

1. Author. 2. Title of Source. 3. title of container, 4. other contributors,5. Version, 6. number, 7. Publisher, 8.Publication date, 9.Location.

How to Use MLA Core Elements Chart

To create an MLA Citation, begin by filling in the known information on the List of Core Elements Chart above.  Be sure to use the punctuation mark that ends each section.  Please see the sample below to understand how to pull information from a resource and put it into a citation.

Works Cited Sample

MLA sample