Under the MLA format, you are required to provide a list of every source you cite within your research paper, and this document is called the Works Cited page. The in-text citations you use throughout your paper refer to sources listed on this page. Furthermore, every source cited in your paper must have a corresponding entry.
This list of sources provides a way for your readers to further examine a source if they wish and also gives credit to the ideas, thoughts and information that you reference from an original author. Guidelines for creating the Works Cited page include a number of general formatting specifics and ways to present certain information that focus on the following aspects.
Titles require capitalization of most words within them, and punctuation changes depending on the type of title being cited on the Works Cited page.
Every word in titles are capitalized with the exception of articles (a, an, the), conjunctions and prepositions when they are not the first word of the title or subtitle.
Longer works, such as books or magazines, are put in italics (7th Edition MLA Handbook)
Shorter works, such as articles or poems, are put in quotation marks (7th Edition MLA Handbook)
“Blocking Parts of Arizona Law: Justices Allow Its Centerpiece” (article)
“The Road Not Taken” (poem)
All sources are listed in alphabetical order by author or editor last names on the Works Cited page. Author names take the following format:
When there is no author listed, use the title of a work while keeping the formatting for the specific title type. If the author is listed as anonymous, use the word “anonymous” as the author name.
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If you use multiple works by the same author, use the title to alphabetize each work after the first in the Works Cited entry. However, use three hyphens in place of the author’s name after the first entry to indicate the works are from the same author. Keep the period in place that normally follows an author’s name.
Places to Visit in Michigan. …
—. Places to Visit in Wisconsin. …
If a source has an author/collection editor who authored or edited alone but also co-authored an article within a work, list the sole author information first in the Works Cited entry.
Bengles, Rachel, ed. Performing Well Under Pressure. Bengles,
Rachel and Nancy Opala. Learning to Meet Approaching Deadlines.
These are the basic guidelines for formatting the Works Cited page in MLA format. The formatting for each complete entry varies depending on the type of source.