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MLA Works Cited Page

Whenever you use an outside source in a paper, you must cite that source properly.  That's the rule.

This handout will give you some basic information about assembling a Works Cited page according to MLA guidelines. For more detailed guidance, please refer to a more in-depth resource, such as the NIV Handbook, the Prentice-Hall Handbook, or James Lester's Writing Research Papers, which is the source for all the examples given below.

What needs to be included in my works cited page?

Your Works Cited Page should include correct bibliographic information for every source that you cite in your paper. It should appear at the end of your paper, on its own separate page(s), with the heading Works Cited centered at the top. It should be double-spaced and alphabetized according to the first key word in each entry (usually the author's last name).


The following are examples of citations for some common sources. (In your Works Cited. do not include the information provided in brackets at the end of each example.) More than likely, you will need to refer to a handbook for details on how to cite all of your different sources.

Works Cited

Entry in well-known encyclopedia:

     Dickinson, Robert E. "Norman Conquest." The World Book Encyclopedia. 1976 ed.

Journal, paged continuously throughout the year:

     Garrett, N. "Technology in the Service of Language Learning." Modem Language Journal 75. (1991): 74-101.

Book with more than 3 authors:

     Lewis, Laurel J., et al. Linear Systems Analyses. New York: McGraw, 1969.

Book with one author:

     McMurtry, Larry. Buffalo Girls. New York: Simon, 1990.

Newspaper with lettered sections:

     Olivas, Michael. "Justice Marshall, Dissention…" Chronicle of Higher Education. 17 July 1991: Bl-B2


     Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Warner Bros., 1991.

Article with no author's name:

     "The Talk of the Town." New Yorker 29 July 1991: 21-25.

Work in an anthology:

     Updike, John. "A & P." Fiction 100. Ed. James H. Pickerina. 4th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1982. 1086-89.

Weekly magazine:

     Von Hoffman, Nicholas. "The White House News Hole." The New Republic 6 Sep. 1982: 19-23.

NOTE - newspaper, book, magazine, and film titles are underlined OR italicized. Titles of articles, short stories, and poems are in quotation marks.  Also, be sure to indent after the first line of text.

Also, remember that if you only have one work cited, then it is called a Work Cited page.


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