MLA Works Cited
Works Cited Guide
Based on MLA Handbook Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009.
General format instructions for a Works Cited page:
- Works Cited pages must be separate from the rest of the paper.
- Title the page Works Cited. Do not bold or underline the title or put it in quotes. Use font size 12.
- All lines must be double spaced; use one space only after any punctuation marks (see first entry).
- If an entry is longer than a single line, each subsequent line should be indented five spaces.
- Entries are listed in alphabetical order.
- Determine the medium of publication and include it.
Below is a guide to the most frequently used entries:
Type of Entry
Works Cited Form
|Book–One Author||Kraus, Michael. The United States to 1865. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.|
|Book–More than One Author or Editor||Bondanella, Peter, and Julia Conaway Bondanella, eds. Dictionary of Italian Literature. Westport: Greenwood, 1979. Print.|
|Anonymous Author (Periodical example)||“Portents for Future Learning.” Time 21 Sept. 1981: 65. Print.|
|Two or More Books by the Same Author||Lanham, Richard A. Literacy and the Survival of Humanism. New Haven: Yale UP, 1983. Print.—. Style: An Anti-Textbook. New Haven: Yale UP, 1974. Print.|
|Work in an Anthology or Collection of Essays||Lazard, Naomi. “In Answer to Your Query.” The Norton Book of Light Verse. Ed. Russell Baker. New York: Norton, 1986. 52-53. Print.|
|Encyclopedia –Include author if known as per other examples||“Portsmouth, Treaty of.” Columbia Encyclopedia. 1975 ed. Print.(It is not necessary to specify volume or page number.)|
|Review||Kirk, Ruth. “White on White on White.” Rev. of The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica, by Stephen J. Pyne. New York Times Book Review 11 Jan. 1987: 11- 12. Print.|
|Article Whose Title Contains a Quotation or a Title Within a Quotation||Carpenter, Lynette. “The Daring Gift in Ellen Glasgow’s ‘Dare’s Gift.”‘ Studies in Short Fiction 21 (1984): 95-102. Print.|
|Article from Scholarly Journal||Spear, Karen. “Building Cognitive Skills in Basic Writers.” Teaching English in the Two Year College 9 (1983): 91-98. Print.|
|Article from Magazine||Kanfer, Stefan. “Heard Any Good Books Lately?” Time 21 July 1986: 71. Print.|
|Signed Article from Newspaper||Kalette, Denise. “California Town Counts Down to Big Quake.” Post and Courier [Charleston, SC] 21 July 1986: A23. Print.|
|Editorial||Elections in Rhodesia.” Editorial. San Francisco Chronicle 5 Mar. 1980: 64. Print.|
|Cartoon||Trudeau, Garry. “Doonesbury.” Cartoon. Star-Ledger. [Newark, NJ] 27 May 1987: 25. Print.|
|Pamphlet or Brochure||United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tomorrow’s Manpower Needs. Washington: GPO, 1973. Print.|
|Interview||Young, Mary W. Personal interview. 22 Oct. 2000.|
|Movie or Documentary||The Empire Strikes Back. Dir. George Lucas. Twentieth Century Fox, 1980. Film.|
|TV or Radio Program||“Latch-Key Kids.” Hour Magazine. CBS. KIRO, Seattle. 15 Nov. 1983. Television.|
|Piece of Art||Goya, Franciso. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo de Prado, Madrid.|
|Piece of Music||Beethoven, Ludwig van. Symphonie no. 7 in A, op. 92. Perf. NBC Symphony Orchestra. Cond. Arturo Toscanini. RCA, 2003. CD.|
|Entire Website||Smith, Charles. Space Walk Web Page. 21 Aug 2005. Web. 10 Sept. 2006.
Explanation of the parts: Author. Name of site. Version information if available. Medium of publication. Day Month Year of access.
|Page from a Website||“How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow.com. eHow, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2008.
Explanation of the parts: Author. “Title of page.” Website title. Publisher, Date of Publication. Medium of publication. Date of Access.
|A Work from an Online Subscription Database|| Fox, Justin. “What in the World Happened to Economics?” Fortune 15 Mar. 1999: 90-102. ABI/INFORM Global. Proquest. Web. 2 Mar. 1999.
Explanation of the parts: Author’s Name. “Article Title.” Periodical Title Date: Page(s). Name of Database. Name of Service. Medium of Publication. Day Month Year of access.
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