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Citations: MLA Style (8th ed.)

A guide to writing and citing in MLA format.


The Works Cited should be its own page and not be combined with the final page of your paper. Center the title on the top line. If you only used one source, the title should reflect that as Work Cited rather than Works Cited. No other formatting should be done.

References should be listed in alphabetical order by whatever the first name or word is. A work without an author will be alphabetized by the first word of the article title.

All references will be double-spaced, just like everything else. They will also use a hanging indent.

Works Cited

Basic rules:

  • Authors names are always given last name first. If you have multiple authors, the subsequent authors will be FirstName LastName order.
  • Dates are written as day month year, with the month abbreviated. ex, 28 Jan. 2014.
  • Article titles go inside quotation marks and have regular capitalization. Website names and magazine/newspaper/journal names will be properly capitalized, as well.
  • If information is missing, skip that element and go on to the next. Exception: you'll use n.p. if there's no publisher and n.d. if there's no publication date.

The other pages of this guide will help you create the References themselves. If you need additional help, please get in touch with a librarian!