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MLA Style Guide

About the Works Cited Page

Each source cited in the text or notes of your paper must appear in the works cited list at the end of the paper. The works cited page contains the complete bibliographic information for the sources identified in the in-text citations. MLA core elements guide

Works cited entries are created using the MLA core elements template, which includes information about the author, title, publication date, etc. 

Entries are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name or by the title (if there is no author). The works cited page is double spaced, with no extra spaces between entries. Each works cited entry is formatted using a hanging indent, meaning the first line is flush with the left margin and subsequent line(s) are indented 0.5 inch from the left margin. Major words in titles are capitalized.

How you format your works cited entry depends on what type of source (book, journal article, website, etc.) you are citing and how you accessed that source (through a library database, through a streaming service, on a website, etc.). Below are sample entries for some commonly cited source types.


Image from the MLA Style Center website.