General Guidleines for Works Cited page:

  • Head this section Works Cited and center the heading.
  • Include only sources cited in your paper.
  • Use a hanging indention: the first line of each entry is flush left, and subsequent lines in the entry are indented. The best way to do this is to choose hanging indention in the options for formatting paragraphs.
  • Double space between and within entries.
  • Space once after all punctuation.
  • Arrange entries in alphabetical order by last name of author. If the author's name is unknown, alphabetize by the title, ignoring any A, An, or The.
  • Use full names of authors as stated in the original publication. Do not list titles (Dr., Sir, etc.) or degrees (PhD, MA, etc.) with names. Do include suffixes like "Jr." or "II." For Example, a work by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be cited as "King, Martin Luther, Jr.,"
  • List the first author of an entry in reverse order (last name, first name) and all other authors in standard order (first name first).
  • If there are two or more books by the same author, give the full name in the first entry and type three hyphens followed by a period for subsequent entries.
  • If there are more than three authors, either name only the first author followed by et al. or give all names in full.
  • For each individual essay from an anthology, include the author's name, the title of the essay, the editor's name, and the page range.
  • If the book is part of a series, include the series name at the end of the entry.
  • When citing only one volume of a multivolume work, include the volume number after the work's editor.
  • Use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.
  • Capitalize all important words in the titles. Do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle.
  • Italicize names of books, publications, and databases.
  • Use lowercase abbreviations to identify the parts of a work (e.g., vol. for volume, ed. for editor).
  • Whenever possible, use the appropriate abbreviated forms for the publisher's name (Random instead of Random House).
  • For every entry, you must determine the Medium of Publication. The medium of publication for all “hard copy” books is Print. The medium of publication for electronic sources is listed as Web. Other possibilities may include Film or DVD.
  • Do not provide URLs for Web entries. However, if your teacher insists on them, include them in angle brackets after the entry and end with a period. Truncate long URLs (break lines only at slashes).


This guide gives you some examples of citing sources MLA style.

OWL_lab_MLA.jpgClick on the Writing Lab for excellent resources for formatting a paper.

The complete MLA Handbook 7th edition is kept in the library and is available for you to use in the library.

MLA Style Citation Guide: a tutorial produced by the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University.

Citing Sources in MLA Style: a video produced by Albertsons Library at Boise State University