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MLA style


Formatting your works cited page

  • Begin your works-cited list on a separate page at the end of your paper
  • Label the page Works Cited. No quotation marks. No italics. No bold or underline. Center the words
  • Double space the entire list
  • Use a hanging indent*
  • All citations end with a period
  • Organize your works-cited list alphabetically by the first element of the citation (author name or, if there is no author, title) (5.123-5.124)

See also "MLA works cited page: basic format.Purdue Online Writing Lab. 


* To create a hanging indent in Word:

1. MS word paragraph editing group 2. Special dropdown in the paragraph dialog

Books & e-books


Author. Book Title. Publisher, Date.

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. Vintage, 2004.

Edited books

Editor, editors. Title of book. Publisher, Date.

Meyer, Michael, and D. Quentin Miller, editors. Literature to Go. 4th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2020.

  • When there are 2 names, only the first one is reversed; if there are 3 or more authors, reverse the first name and follow it with et al.
  • The edition follows the title, and is abbreviated "ed."

A story in an anthology or textbook

Author of Work. "Title of Work." Title of Book, edited by Editors, Edition, Volume, Publisher, Date, pp. X-X.

O'Connor, Flannery. "Revelation." Literature to Go, edited by Michael Meyer and D. Quentin Miller, 4th ed., Bedford/St. Martins, 2020, pp. 266-81.

An e-book

Accessed from a database:

Author. Title of eBook. Edition, Publisher, Date. Database, URL.

Froggatt, Andrew, and Leslie Van Gelder. The Horse Whisperer : When He Talks, Horses Listen. Allen & Unwin, 2016. 



Read on a Kindle or similar app

Author. Title of eBook. E-book, Publisher, Date.

Silva, Paul J. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. E-book, American Psychological Association, 2007.


Article in a print magazine:

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine, Full Date, pp. X-X.

Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time, 20 Nov. 2000, pp. 70-71.

Journal article (pdf)

Author. "Title of Article." Journal Title, vol. X, no. X, Date, pp. X-X. Database, OR URL.

Sidani, Jaime E., et al. “Associations between Comparison on Social Media and Depressive Symptoms: A Study of Young Parents.” 

     Journal of Child & Family Studies, vol. 29, no. 12, Dec. 2020, pp. 3357–68. EBSCOhost,

Journal article (html)

Sidani, Jaime E., et al. “Associations between Comparison on Social Media and Depressive Symptoms: A Study of Young Parents.” 

     Journal of Child & Family Studies, vol. 29, no. 12, Dec. 2020. EBSCOhost,

Note: The only difference between the pdf and html is that the pdf has a page number after the date. The html does not.



Title of Film. Directed by Director, Production Companies, Date.

Wonder . Directed by Stephen Chbosky, Lions Gate Films, 2017

If film viewed through an app

Wonder. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, Lions Gate Films, 2017. Netflix app.


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