MLA WORKS CITED

What is a Works Cited?
For an essay, paper, report, or any other kind of writing assignment that requires outside research, a Works Cited must be included. This list includes entries for all the resources you cited within your paper (as noted in parenthetical in-text citations throughout). Any time you quote, that quotation’s source must be listed in the Works Cited. Any time you paraphrase, summarize, or include information that you’ve read from an outside source that contributes information to the assignment, you must include that source in your Works Cited.

What information goes in a Works Cited entry?
Works Cited entries must be formatted according to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition specifications. Each entry requires general publication information, including but not limited to: author name, title, publication or publisher, and year of publication. Because so many sources appear online and do not have publication dates or even authors, additional information may be required, including retrieval data and corporate author information. You will see the most common kinds of sources in the sample Works Cited below.

What are the key rules of creating a Works Cited?
There are unique formatting rules to follow for each entry, but generally, remember these key rules for the whole Works Cited page:
  1. Center the words “Works Cited” at the top of the new page. Do not use boldface, italics, or quote marks. Just use these words: Works Cited. The page should have your last name and page number in the header, as on all the other essay pages.
  2. Double space every line—no additional spacing required.
  3. Alphabetize entries by authors’ last names. This alphabetization requirement includes “corporate authors,” like the U.S. Dept. of Education. In that situation, you would alphabetize the entry under “U” since there is no last name.
  4. Create a hanging indent for every line after the first in your citation. You may do this in Microsoft Word by highlighting your citations list, clicking “Paragraph” in the toolbar, and choosing “Hanging” under the Indentation/Special section. This sequence is preferable to hitting the “tab” key because formatting can change as you edit the draft.
  5. Be mindful of punctuation and italics rules.
What does a Works Cited look like?

It looks like this:


Works Cited

Batchelder, Anna. (2010, July 6). “Students Brains Are Being Digitally Rewired.” Literacy Is

Priceless. WordPress, 15 May 2012. Web. 26 March 2014.


Brown v. Board of Educ. 347 US 483-96. Supreme Court of the US. 1954. Supreme Court

Collection. Legal Information Inst., Cornell U Law School, n.d. Web. 4 April 2014.


"Cayman Islands." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Web. 26

March 2014.


Cendrowicz, Leo. “Will Europe's Bank Stress Tests Bring Calm or Spread More Fear?" Time.

Time Magazine, 22 July 2010. Web. 26 March 2014.


Diaz-Rico, Lynne T. A Course for Teaching English Learners. Boston: Pearson, 2008. Print.


Florian, Răzvan V. “Challenges for Interactivist-Constructivist Robotics.” New Ideas in

Psychology 28.3 (2010): 350–353. Print.


Geller, Erik. “Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Ban on Same-Sex Marriage.” New York Times.

New York Times, 20 May 2014. Web. 21 June 2014.


It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel

Barrymore. RKO, 1946. Film.


Lange, Dorothea. The Migrant Mother. 1936. Prints and Photographs Div., Lib. of Cong.

Dorothea Lange: Photographer of the People. Web. 4 April 2014.


Larkin, Philip. “A Study of Reading Habits.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.

Ed. Robert DiYanni. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 897–898. Print.


“Maplewood, New Jersey.” Map. Google Maps. Google, 2 April 2014. Web. 2 April 2014.


McEvoy, Dermot. “Little Books, Big Success.” Publishers Weekly 30 Oct. 2006: 26–28. Print.


Mossler, Ronald A. Adult Development and Learning.San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education,

Inc., 2013. Ashford University Constellation. Web. 2 April 2014.


Ouellette, Marc. “Theories, Memories, Bodies, and Artists.”Reconstruction 7.4 (2007): n. pag.

Web. 2 April 2014.


Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip.

YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 9 Sept. 2010.

U.S. Department of Labor. “Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).” Dol.gov.

U.S. Department of Labor, 2 April 2014. Web. 2 April 2014.


Wiesel, Elie. Interview by Ted Koppel. Nightline. ABC. WABC, New York, 18 Apr. 2002. Web

Television.