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How to Create a Works Cited or References List : A Research Guide by Mike Palmquist

What Does an MLA Style Works Cited List Look Like?

MLA style research documents include a references list titled "Works Cited," which is placed at the end of the document. If you wish to acknowledge sources that you read but did not cite in your text, you may title the list "Works Consulted" and include them. Below, you can see examples from student writer Jenna Alberter's MLA style Works Cited list (taken from her essay, "Images of Women in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art & Literature"). Jenna's works cited page does not include every type of publication that you might need to document in your paper. For more information on citing other types of books, conference proceedings, and dissertations, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, or the MLA Web site at or visit Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online.

Works Cited

Alpers, Svetlana. "De Hooch: A View with a Room." Art In America 86.6 (1999): 92-99.

Franits, Wayne E. "Domesticity, Privacy, Civility, and the Transformation of Adriaen van Ostade's Art." Images of Women in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art: Domesticity and the Representation of the Peasant. Ed. Patricia Phagan. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1996. 3-25.

---. Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.

Kleiner, Fred S., and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 10th ed. New York: Harcourt, 1996.

Westermann, Mariët. A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718. London: Calmann, 1996.