Based on 8th Edition of MLA Handbook Writers of Research Papers.

General format instructions for a Works Cited page.

  • Works Cited pages must be separate from the rest of the paper.
  • Title the page Works Cited. Do not bold or underline the title or put it in quotes. Use font size 12.
  • All lines must be double spaced; use one space only after any punctuation marks (see first entry).
  • If an entry is longer than a single line, each subsequent line should be indented five spaces.
  • Entries are listed in alphabetical order by the first word of the entry.

Below is a guide to the most frequently used entries:

Type of Entry

Works Cited Form


Print Sources:


Book--One Author

Kraus, Michael. The United States to 1865. University of Michigan Press, 1959.


Book--More than One Author or Editor

Bondanella, Peter, and Julia Conaway Bondanella, editors. Dictionary

ofItalian Literature. Greenwood Press, 1979.


Anonymous Author (Periodical example)

"Portents for Future Learning." Time Magazine, 21 Sept. 1981, p. 65.


Two or More Books by the Same Author

Lanham, Richard A. Literacy and the Survival of Humanism. Yale

University Press, 1983.

---. Style: An Anti-Textbook. Yale University Press, 1974.


Work in an Anthology or Collection of Essays

Lazard, Naomi. "In Answer to Your Query." The Norton Book of LightVerse,

edited by Russell Baker, Norton, 1986, pp. 52-53.


Encyclopedia –Include author if known as per other examples

“Coretta Scott King.” Britannica School, Encyclopedia Britannica, 18 Sep. 2016. Accessed 11 Jan 2017.


Article from Scholarly Journal

Bagchi, Alaknanda. “Conflicting Nationalisms.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s

Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.


Article from Magazine

Buchman, Dana. “A Special Education.” Good Housekeeping, Mar. 2006, pp. 143-



Signed Article from Newspaper

Krugman, Andrew. “Fear of Eating.” New York Times, 21 May 2007, p.




“Of Mines and Men.” Editorial. Wall Street Journal, 24 Oct. 2003, p. A14.


Non-Text Sources:



Email Communication

Young, Mary W. Personal interview. 22 Oct. 2015.

Barzinji, Atman. "Re: Frog Populations in Wisconsin Wetlands."

Received by Brian Stewart, 10 Jan. 2016. 


Movie or Documentary

The Empire Strikes Back. Directed by George Lucas. Twentieth Century Fox,



Netflix, Hulu, Google Play

“94 Meetings.” Parks and Recreation, season 2, episode 21, NBC, 29 Apr. 2010. Netflix,


TV or Radio Program

“The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry." Friends: The Complete Sixth Season, written by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen, directed by Kevin Bright, Warner Brothers, 2004.

“The Blessing Way.” The X-Files. Fox, WXIA, Atlanta, 19 Jul. 1998.


Electronic Sources: 


Entire Website

Smith, Charles. Space Walk Web Page. 21 Aug 2015, Accessed 10 Sept. 2016.

Explanation of the parts:

Author. Name of site. Version information if available. Date created if available, URL address. Day Month Year of access.


Page from a Website

Lundman, Susan. “How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow, Accessed 6 July 2015.

Explanation of the parts:

Author. “Name of page.” Name of site. Version information if available. Date created if available, URL address. Day Month Year of access.


A Work from an Online Subscription Database

 Ling, Peter. "Martin Luther King's half-forgotten dream." History Today, vol. 48, no. 4, 1998, p. 17+. U.S. History in Context, A20490502/UHIC?u=lyn3817&xid=99221787. Accessed 11 Jan. 2017.

Explanation of the parts:

Author's Name. "Article Title." Periodical Title, volume, number, publisher, date, pages, container, URL. Day Month Year of access.


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