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This template explains how to setup a paper in MLA format. In the MLA format,
you document research in parenthetical citations. This allows you to “acknowledge your
sources by typing brief parenthetical citations in your text to an alphabetical list of works
that appears at the end of the paper” (Gibaldi 142). Notice that in this brief citation the
period goes after the parenthesis. You will use the author’s last name or a shortened title
for unsigned works. If you used the key information (author’s last name or the title of an
unsigned work) in your text, do not repeat it in the parenthesis. Gibaldi explains in a
longer quotation that needs to be indented:
The information in your parenthetical references in the text must match
If a quotation runs
more than 4 lines,
indent 1 inch with no
quotation marks.
the corresponding information in the entries in your list of works cited.
For a typical works-cited-list entry, which begins with the name of the
author (or editor, translator, or narrator), the parenthetical reference begins
with the same name. . . . If the work is listed by title, use the title,
shortened or in full. . . . (94).
After the last paragraph in an MLA style essay, force the document to begin a
new page for the Works Cited page by hitting the enter key until you get to a new page.
Items in a Works Cited page will be alphabetized by the first word of each entry (author’s
last name or title of work).
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Works Cited
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York:
MLA, 2009. Print.
Article from
a database
Hatch, David. “Drug Company Ethics.” CQ Researcher 13.22 (2003): 531-544. Web.
25 Oct. 2013.
News article
without an
with 2-3
“Kanye West Visits Occupy Wall Street.” WNBC.COM. WNBC, 10 Oct. 2011. Web.
12 Oct. 2013.
Marquart, James W., Sheldon Ekland Olsen, and Johnathan R. Sorensen. The Rope, the
Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990.
Austin: U of Texas P, 1994. Print.
Book with no
author or editor
article from
a web site
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster,
2003. Print.
“MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications).” The Writing Lab and OWL
at Purdue. Purdue U, 2009. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
Norris, Diane. Personal interview. 27 Oct. 2016.
Rogers, Chris. Capitalism and Its Alternatives: A Critical Introduction. London: Zed
Books Ltd, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
News article
with author
Temple-Raston, Dina. “How Close is Al-Qaida to Defeat?” National Public
Radio, 12 Oct. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2013.
from a
Winslow, George. “The New Technology of Campaign Coverage.” Broadcasting &
Cable. 3 Oct. 2011: 12. ProQuest. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.
For more help with citations, please visit our research guide:
Note: This was adapted from a handout created by Kirby Rideout of Collin County Community College.