The Works Cited Page

  • A list of works cited, which appears at the end of your paper, gives full publishing information for each of the sources you have cited in the paper. Start on a new page and title your list Works Cited. Then list in alphabetical order all the sources that you have cited in the paper. Unless your instructor asks for them, sources not actually cited in the paper should not be given in this list, even if you have read them.

    How to Alphabetize Your Print Sources

    • When using MLA style, organize your Works Cited 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.


    • The phrase “Works Cited” is centered at top of the page in regular formatting.
    • Use double-spacing throughout.
    • First line of each entry is at left margin; subsequent lines are indented ½” or five spaces (use MS Word hanging indent)
    • For each entry in the Works Cited, there should be a corresponding citation in the essay text.

    On-line Journal

    Note: The first date is the website’s date of creation or latest update while the second date is the day the writer accessed the page.

    Read more information about citing on-line sources.

    • Baucom, Ian. “Charting the Black Atlantic.” Postmodern Culture 8.1 (1997): 28 pars. Web. 13 April 2013.


    Read more information about citing on-line sources.

    • California Wildlife Protection Coalition. California Mountain Lion Page. Sierra Club, 24 March 1999. Web. 13 April 2013.


    Read more information about citing periodicals.

    • Dennis, Carl. “What Is Our Poetry to Make of Ancient Myths?” New England Review 18.4 (1997): 128-40. Print.


    Read more information about citing books.

    • Hansen, Kevin. Cougar: The American Lion. Flagstaff: Northland, 1992. Print.
    • “Lion Attacks Prompt State to Respond.” New York Times 18 Oct. 1995, late ed.: A21. Print.


    Read more information about citing books.

    • “Lion.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 1997. Print.


    Read more information about citing books.

    • Malouf, David. “The Kyogle Line.” The Oxford Book of Travel Stories. Ed. Patricia Craig. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. 390-96. Print.


    Read more information about citing periodicals.

    • Perry, Tony. “Big Cat Fight.” Los Angeles Times 8 Mar. 1996, home ed.: B1+. Print.


    Read more information about citing other sources like videos.

    • Primates. Wild Discovery. Discovery Channel. Boston, 23 Mar. 1998. Television.
    • Updike, John. In the Beauty of the Lilies. Knopf, 1996. Film.
    • ---. Toward the End of Time. Knopf, 1997. Film.

    Youtube Video

    • Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip.
                    YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 10 April 2013.


    • Obama, Barack (BarackObama). "It’s up to all of us—the people—to stand up to those who say we can’t and stand up for the change we need." 8 April 2013, 6:12 p.m. Tweet.


    • Smith, David. "Re: How to Write in MLA." Message to Joe Brown. 10 Dec. 2012. E-mail.