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Academic Resource Center: How to make a Works Cited

MLA Works Cited Guide

A Works Cited page is a list of all sources you have quoted, paraphrased or summarized, on a separate page at the end of your paper. This list is necessary not only to give credit to the sources you have used in your research, but also to make it easier for others to refer to your sources.

To format a works cited page:

1) List sources alphabetically by author’s last name. If no author is given (as in some websites) put it in alphabetical order by the first piece of information you list.

2) If an entry is longer than one line, indent subsequent lines by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent. (You will use the first words of your Works Cited entry for the corresponding in-text citation.)

3) Double space all entries. Do not add an extra line between entries.

4) Maintain 1” margins as you have for the rest of your paper.

5) URLs are now required for sources found online. http:// is not needed.

Sample Works Cited Page:

Works Cited


Chopin, Kate. “The Awakening.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature, edited by Nina Baym et al., 3rd ed., Norton, 1989, pp. 508-99.

Harris, Patricia, and David Lyon. "The Jewelry of Sergey Jivetin." Metalsmith, vol. 30, no. 2, 2010, pp. 46-57. Advanced Placement Source,

Heaney, Seamus, translator. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. W.W. Norton, 2001.

Savig, Mary. “The Art of Handwriting.” The Atlantic, 5 July 2016,

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington Square Press, 2003.


The above sources are examples of the correct citation for a work in an anthology, an individual webpage, a journal article accessed through a database, a book with a translator and no author, and a book with an author and editors.