The Works Cited Page MLA Style

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Include your last name followed by a
space and a page number as a running
header in the top right corner (following
the format of the rest of the paper).
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Center the words “Works Cited” at the top
of the page. Do not underline or put in
quotes.
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Double space the entire Works Cited.

Do not add any addition space between
entries.

Begin the first line of each entry at the left
margin. Use hanging indentation for each
additional line of the citation.

Alphabetize by author’s last name. If a work
has no author, alphabetize by the title but
ignore an initial article like A, An, or The.
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EXAMPLE of BASIC FORMAT
Author’s Last name, Author’s first name. Title.
City of Publication: Publisher, year published.
Medium.
Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter. New York:
Putnam, 2001. Print.
Note: (These colors are used as a learning tool.
Do not color coordinate your Works Cited page!!)
All other citations are variations of this basic format.
For a book/work without an author but with an
editor, enter the editor’s last name, first name, ed.
 Example: Craig, Patricia, ed.
 For a book/work with an author and an editor, use
the format on the previous slide and insert the
editor’s name after the title of the work.
 Example:
Kerouac, Jack. Atop an Underwood. Ed. Paul
Marion. New York: Penguin, 2000. Print.
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Cite the total number of volumes after the title of the
work.
Lawrence, D. H. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence. Ed. James T.
Boulton. 8 vols. New York: Cambridge UP, 1970-2000.
Print.
If your paper cites only one volume, cite the volume
used after the title. Optionally, you can include the total
number of volumes at the end of the listing.
Lawrence, D. H. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence. Ed. James T.
Boulton. Vol 8. New York: Cambridge UP, 1970-2000.
Print. 8 vols.
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Author’s last name, Author’s first name.
“Article Title.” Journal Title volume number
(year): page numbers. Medium.
Example:
Ryan, Katy. “Revolutionary Suicide in Toni
Morrison’s Fiction.” African American
Review 34 (2000): 389-412. Print.
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Author’s last name, Author’s first name. “Article
Title.” Journal Title volume, issue (year): page
numbers. Medium. Date of Access (day + month +
year).
Example:
Shah, Parilah Mohd, and Fauziah Ahmad. “A
Comparative Account of the Bilingual Education
Program in Malaysia and the United States.” GEMA
Online Journal of Language Studies 7.2 (2007): 63-77.
Web. 22 Feb. 2011.
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For an excellent overview or review of the 2009
updates in MLA style and format, click on Purdue
University’s MLA Power Point Presentation
For one-on-one help using MLA, visit
The Writing Center
STT 588 D
(570) 941-6147
Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. “MLA Papers.” A Writer’s
Reference. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2011. 371-428. Print.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA,
2009. Print.
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York:
MLA, 2008. Print.
Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. "MLA Formatting
and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 16 Nov.
2010. Web. 22 Feb. 2011.
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