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MLA Works Cited Page
FROM THE WRITING CENTER
@ THE A.R.C.
What is a Works Cited page?
A Works Cited page is where you give credit to all the
sources you’ve used in your paper
This walkthrough will help you correctly format a
Works Cited page in MLA
It will also take you through the methods to cite
commonly used sources
All font should be Times New
Roman, size 12, double-spaced
“Works Cited” should be centered
at the top of the page with no extra
space between it and the first source
Sources should be alphabetized by
the first item in the citation
The first line of each source should
have no indent, while all following
lines should have a half-inch
Basic Format for Book Sources
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of
Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
Medium of Publication.
As a general rule, if you are missing any piece of information, just leave it out. For
example, if you do not know the author of a book source, the first item would be
the next piece of information asked for, in this case the Title of Book.
Book Sources with More than One Author
Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and
Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn,
Here, since you have two authors for one source, you would put the first author’s
name mentioned in the basic format, and the second (and all following) author’s
name(s) in the format of Firstname Lastname. The rest of the format is the same
Basic Format for Periodical Sources
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical
Day Month Year: pagescited. Medium of
publication (e.g. Print).
For periodicals, the author(s) are formatted in the same way as book sources. Next
you have the Title of Periodical, followed by the Day Month and Year, using no
punctuation until the colon after the Year, and before the number of the pages
cited (e.g. 81-90). If the periodical is a newspaper, you need to identify the edition
following the date (e.g. 17 May 1987, late ed.). The pagination is also different (e.g.
Basic Format for Electronic Sources
This is how you would cite an entire website. Again, the name of the author(s) is
formatted as usual. Usually, you will be missing one piece of the information. If
that is the case, just omit it. Use “n.p.” if no publisher is given, and “n.d.” if no
date of creation is provided. MLA no longer requires that you provide the URL,
but always ask if your professor wants it. If so, put it in <angled brackets> after
the Date of access.
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site.
Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated
with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation
(if available). Medium of publication (e.g. Web, for “web
publications”). Date of access.
Oral Presentations (Speeches/Lectures)
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Speech (if any)."
Name of meeting/organization. Location, City,
State (abbreviated). Day Month Year. Type.
Start with the name of the speaker, and follow with the title of the speech, if there
is one. Next comes the name of the meeting, the location, city, and state (which
should be abbreviated). End with the date of the speech, and the type (e.g.,
Address, Lecture, Reading, Keynote Speech, Guest Lecture, Conference
Lastname, Firstname. Personal interview. Day
Start with the name of your interviewee, follow with “Personal interview,” and end
with the date the interview takes place.
Recorded Films or Movies
Title of Movie/Film. Dir. Firstname Lastname. Perf. Firstname
Lastname, Firstname Lastname, and Firstname Lastname.
Distributer, Year. Medium of publication (e.g. DVD, VHS,
Following the title of the work, abbreviate director as “Dir.” After the director’s
name, abbreviate performers as “perf.”, and list the most prominent performers in
the film. If the movie has not been released from theaters yet, the medium of
publication is Film.
Now you know how to properly format a Works Cited page
You also know the basic citation formats for commonly used
Note that some online databases will provide citations for you
There are also websites that can help you cite more
complicated sources (such as EasyBib.com)
Always be sure to give credit for work that is not your own