MLA list of works cited
A list of works cited, which appears at the end of your research paper, gives publication 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, do not include sources not actually cited in the paper even if you read them.
Alphabetize the list 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.
Do not indent the first line of each works cited entry, but indent any additional lines one-half inch (or five spaces). This technique highlights the names by which the list has been alphabetized. For an example, see the Works Cited pages in this section of the site.
The following models illustrate the form that the Modern Language Association (MLA) recommends for works cited entries. Citation guidelines for books appear below. For information on other types of works cited entries, choose one of the following options:
Books | Articles in periodicals | Electronic sources | Other sources
Directory to MLA works cited entries for Books
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