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Citation Guide: Formatting Works Cited Page

A guide to citing your sources

Preparing the Works Cited List. p.129-132

  1. Begin the list of works cited on a new page at the end of the paper.
  2. Center the title Works Cited about one inch from the top of the page.
  3. Double-space throughout
  4. Alphabetizing the List: Alphabetize the list by the last names of the authors (or editors); if a work has no author or editor, alphabetize by the first word of the title other than A, An, or The.  If your list includes two or more works by the same author, use the author's name for the first entry only. For subsequent entries use three hyphens followed by a period. List the titles in alphabetical order.
  5. Indenting: Do not indent the first line of each works cited entry, but indent any additional lines one-half inch. This technique highlights the names of the authors, making it easy for readers to scan the alphabetized list. See below for more information on hanging indents.

* Note: Hanging indents

All MLA citations should be formatted with the first line of an entry flush left and successive lines indented 1/2 ". Use a hanging indent. Do not go by the spacing in the examples we're providing in this guide, as your screen's display format may be different.

If you are using Word follow the steps below. You can select options on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  2. In the Special list under Indentation, click Hanging, and then in the By box, set the amount of space that you want for the hanging indent. (0.5" = 1/2 inch)

Sample Works Cited Page

Diana Hacker (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006).