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MLA Style (8th/9th Ed.)

Tips for Writing the Works Cited List

This is a list of all the sources you have used to research your paper.

  1. The list of works cited appears on a separate page at the end of the essay.  It is titled (centred, no quotation marks, no underline):

    Works Cited

  2. The list is arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name, or, if there is no author, by the first word in the title. When arranging the list ignore, but do not omit, “The”, “An” or “A” at the beginning of the title.

  3. After the first line each entry is indented ½ inch or 5 spaces from the left margin.  This is called a hanging indent.  

  4. Each entry presents information in a specific order:  the author’s name, the title, the publication information.

  5. Double-space the entire list, both between and within entries.

  6. Each citation in a works cited list ends with a period.

  7. Citations must appear both in the text of your paper (in-text citations) and in the works cited list at the end of your paper.

  8. With a few exceptions, the punctuation for citations in the works cited list is restricted to commas and periods and follows a format.  Periods are used after the author, after the title of the source, and at the end of the information for each container.  Commas are used in the author's name and between elements within each container.

Make your life easier by starting a "possible" works cited list as soon as you find a source you might use.

Having a separate document started for citations means you can add and delete citations as you research so your works cited list will be almost complete before you even finish writing your paper.

Use the *Cite* tool in the Camosun Library Databases, then edit for correct formatting. 

For more tips check out the Academic Integrity Guide!