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How to Do "Works Cited" in MLA Format


All sources cited in the body of a research paper using the Modern Language Association style need an entry on the Works Cited page. The section provides bibliographical information about the sources beyond the author's name, which typically appears within in the text, so that readers can find the sources and verify your information. Assembling a Works Cited section requires you to list information about each source according to proper MLA style.

Insert a page break at the end of your research paper so that your Works Cited list begins on a new page. Use the same margins, font and header as the rest of the paper.

Center the words "Works Cited" -- without the quotation marks -- at the top of the page.

Entries begin with the author in reverse order followed by the name of the book, article and journal or Web page and then the publication information about the source. Explain the publication medium, either print or Web.

An entry for a book would look like this: Stonham, Kevin. Making Old Science into Something New. Chicago: Penguin, 2010. Print.

For online sources, end the entry with the date you accessed the site, and for an entry with no author, begin with the title.

A citation for a Web page with no author might look like this: "Making Chili the Easy Way." All Recipes, 3 Apr. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

For a Web page like this, give the name of the entire website in italics after the name of the page. If the site has a separate sponsor, list that name after the website name along with any other publisher information that will help the reader find the source.

For a source written by a group, such as the United Nations, use that name just as you would an individual author: United Nations. Land Mines Report, 2014. UN, Jan. 2015. Print.

Arrange the entries alphabetically by the first word in each entry. For most entries, that will be the author's last name. For entries without an author, open with the piece's title, alphabetize by the first word, excepting the articles a, an and the. If a title begins with a number, alphabetize that entry as if the number were spelled out. For example, an article with no author titled "100 Days without Smoking" would be alphabetized as if it began with the word "One."

Capitalize the first word in all publication titles along with any successive important words. Put articles, conjunctions and prepositions in lower case.

Double-space the entire page. When starting a new entry, press the "Return" or "Enter" key just once to avoid putting an extra space between entries.

Create a hanging indent so that the second and any subsequent lines in each entry become indented one-half inch. This structure makes it clear where each entry begins.

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