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MLA Documentation Style for “Works Cited”

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At the end of your paper, you must provide an alphabetical listing of all the works you have cited in your paper ("Works Cited"). This requirement includes both work you have actually quoted and work you have summarized or paraphrased. The information is arranged alphabetically according to the author's last name or (when there is no author identified) by title.

Core Elements of Entries in "Works Cited" List:
The table below shows the core elements for all entries in the "Works Cited" list, in the order in which they should appear, followed by their appropriate closing punctuation mark. If an element is unavailable, simply omit it. The final element always ends with a period. (MLA Handbook 20)

Click on each element for definitions and sample entries:

Core Element Number Core Elements
1
Author(s).
2
Title of source.
Container 1
3
Title of container,
4
Other contributors,
5
Version,
6
Number,
7
Publisher,
8
Publication date,
9
Location.
Container 2
3
Title of container,
4
Other contributors,
5
Version,
6
Number,
7
Publisher,
8
Publication date,
9
Location.

Optional Elements

 

 

 


To create an MLA8 citation, click on the template below and supply the information about your source. Click on the completed sample and use it as a guide.
Note: For more examples click on the core elements in the table.

For an index of citation examples by format, click here.

For a list of the major changes from MLA7 to MLA8, click here.

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image of a printerPrintable completed sample

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For complete explanations, refer to: MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
Copies are available:  in LaGuardia Reference at REF LB2369 .G53 2016; and
                              on Reserve behind the Circulation Desk – request by title

For more information, including sample papers, see also:
MLA Style Center. Modern Language Association of America, 2016, style.mla.org.

See also video:
Stedman, Kyle. "Understanding MLA Style: 8th Edition (2016 Updates)." YouTube, 3 June 2016, youtube.com/watch?v=bjbMfL92b7g. [11.21 minutes]

Compiled by Louise Fluk and members of the Library department. Last updated: February 2017.