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Works Cited Page MLA Guidelines

Based on MLA Handbook, 8th ed.

MLA Formatting Basics

 Begin the list of works cited on a new page at the end of your research paper.

 Include your last name and the page number at the upper right corner of the page, continuing the page numbers of the text.

Title the page Works Cited Center the title 1” from the top of the page.

Double-space, within and between, entries.

 Place the first line of each entry at the left margin. Additional lines are indented ½ inch. This is called a “hanging indent.

 List entries in alphabetical order by the last name of each author. If the authors name is unknown, alphabetize by the title, ignoring any initial A, An or The.
This is an example of what the top of your Works Cited page should look like:

All citations are made up of a few basic elements presented in a specific order. Not all resources have all elements. Omit any element your resource doesn’t have.

Author. Title of Document. Title of Source, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location.

Following are some examples of appropriately formatted citations. The citations are grouped by format for convenience. Follow your instructor’s requirements first. Beyond that, these examples can act as models for clear and consistent MLA citations

Print Resources


Single author

Daugherty, Tracy. Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller. St. Martin’s Press, 2011.

Two or three authors

Tapscott, Don, and Anthony D. Williams. Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World. Penguin Group, 2010.

Books with more than three authors

Cowan, Cynthia J., et al. Scrapbooking in the Digital Age. Chronicle Books, 2011.

Book with one or two editors

Lewis, Catherine M., and J. Richard Lewis, edited by. Women and Slavery in America: A Documentary History. U of Arkansas P, 2011.

More than two editors

Stavans, Ilan, general editor, et al. The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Norton, 2011.

Article/essay within anthology/collection

Chiao, Joan Y. “Where Does Human Diversity Come from?” Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge, edited by Max Brockman, Vintage Books, 2011, pp. 236-247.

SPECIALIZED ENYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES (encyclopedias focusing on a single topic)


(author given)

Bigalke, Ron J. “Electoral College.” The Encyclopedia of Political Science, edited by George T. Kurian, vol.2., CQ, 2011, p. 480.


(no author)

“Racial Profiling.” West’s Encyclopedia of American Law. Edited by Jeffrey Lehman and Shirelle Phelps, 2nd ed., vol. 8, Thomson Gale, 2004, pp. 213-217.


Magazine Article


Walsh, Bryan. "The Future of Oil.” Time, 9 Apr. 2012, pp. 28-35.

Journal Article


Kuehn, Bridget M. "Scientists Find Promising Therapies for Fragile X and Down Syndromes." JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 305, no. 4, 26 Jan. 2011, pp. 344-346.


Article Signed

Murphy, Katy. “Prop.30—Little Relief for Colleges.” San Jose Mercury News, 9 Nov. 2012, pp. A1+.


Article Unsigned

“Better Ways to Deal with the Evil of Drug Abuse.” Wall Street Journal, 4 Mar. 2008, eastern ed., p. A15.


Interview in


Rose, Kathleen. Personal interview, 10 May 2016.

Interview in Print

Hidary, Abraham J. Interview. “30-Minute Interview.” Vivian Marino. The New York Times, 27 Nov. 2012, p. Real Estate.

Citing Sources in the Text

(Parenthetical Citation)

-Print Sources-

In MLA style, your sources are acknowledged by adding brief parenthetical references within your text. This coincides with your Works Cited page at the end of your paper. Generally, the authors last name and a page number are enough to identify the source. The following are some examples of parenthetical documentation:


In-text reference

Google’s founders “were certainly armed with a healthy disregard for the impossible” (Vise 11).

In-text reference when the author’s name appears in the text of your paper

David Vise captures the essence of Google when he states that the founders “were certainly armed with a healthy disregard for the impossible” (11).

Corresponding MLA Works

Cited reference

Vise, David A. The Google Story. Random House, 2005.

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