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Citation Manuals

Basic Rules

According to MLA style, you must have a works-cited list at the end of your research paper. All entries in the works-cited list must correspond to the works cited in your main text.

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. The words Work Cited should be centered as the title of the page. It should not be italicized, bolded, underlined, or put in quotation marks.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
  • List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-250. 
  • If you're citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics. You do not need to provide subscription information in addition to the database name.

Sample Works Cited Page

For a complete example of a Works Cited page click the link to visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab sample MLA Works Cited.

Book by One Author


Last Name, First Name. Title of Book.  Publisher, Publication Date.

Journal Article in a Database


Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, vol, no, year, pp. URL. 

Works Cited - eResource


Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number, Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available), URL, DOI or permalink. Date of access (if applicable).


Credit for descriptions and examples: Purdue OWL