These are guidelines for how to format your Works Cited page. Place everything in alphabetical order. Understand that nobody has these guidelines memorized. Professors have to look up this information all the time. Learn how to use your Writer’s Resource!
These guidelines can be found in either your A Writer’s Resource or in an MLA book. Take the time to notice punctuation and the order of items. If you do not have all of the information listed, that is fine. Just omit what you do not have, but keep the order the same.
If you encounter a source that confuses you or that you cannot figure out how to cite, EMAIL YOUR PROFESSOR.
Author’s last name, author’s first name. Title of the book. Place of publication: Publisher,
date of publication.
Note the indentation on the second line. It is like
a reverse paragraph.
Note the indentation on the second line. It is like a reverse paragraph.
Campbell, Greg. Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious
James, Henry. The
Portrait of a Lady. 1881.
If there are 2 authors, list them in the order they
appear on the title page.
If there are 2 authors, list them in the order they appear on the title page.
Cook, William R. and Ronald B. Herzman. The Medieval World View: An Introduction. New
Book with an editor(s)
Miller, Paul Eduard, ed. Esquire’s
Henry, Maren and Brandy James, eds. English 1101: Tips.
Book with an author and an editor
Armstrong, Louis. Louis
Armstrong—A Self Portrait. Ed. Richard Merryman.
In this instance, the author comes first. The editor follows the title. Notice that “Ed.” comes
before the editor’s name. Read this as “edited by.”
In this instance, the author comes first.
The editor follows the title. Notice that “Ed.” comes before the editor’s name. Read this as “edited by.”
Anthology (or chapter/article in an edited book)
Author’s last name, author’s first name. “Title of chapter or article in quotation marks.” Title of
Book and/or Anthology. Editor. Place of publication: Publisher, Date. Page numbers of
Smith, Hale. “Here I Stand.”
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and
Eds. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 9th ed.
List the edition of an anthology after the editor,
or after the title if there is no editor.
List the edition of an anthology after the editor, or after the title if there is no editor.
Tip for URLs when using Word:
To avoid Word automatically turning your URL web addresses into hyperlinks, you must disable this feature. Go to “Tools,” then “AutoCorrect Options,” then “Auto Format as You Type.” Remove the check mark next to “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks.”
Articles from Online Databases:
JSTOR, ProQuest, EBSCOHost, SAGE, Academic Search Premier,
Author(s). “Title of Article.” Name of Journal. Volume number. Issue number (Publication
Year): Page numbers. Database. Library Name, City, State. Date of access <URL>.
Orogun, Paul. “‘Blood Diamonds’ and
Era.” World Affairs. 166.3 (2004): 151-161. ProQuest. Ingram Library,
Make sure to provide the publication date—day, month, and year, or month and year.
Author last name, Author first name. “Title of Article in Quotation Marks.” Name of newspaper.
Date of publication. Date of access <abbreviated overly long URL>.
“Bulletin Board: Louis Armstrong Centenary.” New York Times on the Web. 7 Nov. 2001. 3 May
St. John, Ben. “Thousands Flee Fighting in
Professor last name, Professor first name. Title of the Site. Name of associated institution or
organization. Date of access <URL>.
Henry, Maren. Home page. U of West Georgia,
Henson, Keith. The Keith Henson Jazzpage. 3 May 2005 <http://home.earthlink.net/ ~keithhenson>.
Title of Film. Director. Performers (if using a DVD, list the names on the DVD cover).
Videocassette or DVD. Distributor, year of release.
El Orfanato. Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona. Perf. Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, and Roger Príncep.
Picturehouse Entertainment, 2008.
“Episode Title.” Program Title. Name of the Network, City. Broadcast Date.
“Once More with Feeling.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer. UPN-69,