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MLA Format Style Guide: Works Cited Page

Works Cited

The Works Cited page(s) will be the final section of your research paper.  

Begin your Works Cited page on a new page.  It should have the same margins, header, font, and spacing as the rest of your paper.  

Label the page "Works Cited."  Center the words in the middle of the page.  Only the title should be centered.

Double space all entries, but do not skip spaces between entries.

Indent the second and following lines of citations to create a hanging indent.

Citations should be listed alphabetically by author's last name.  If there is no author given, alphabetize by title of the work.

Core Elements

MLA Style

The MLA Style page has an interactive template to assist you with learning how to create proper MLA citations.

Works Cited Example


The concept of containers is crucial to MLA style. When the source being documented forms part of a larger whole, the larger whole can be thought of as a container that holds the source. For example, a short story may be contained in an anthology. The short story is the source, and the anthology is the container.