Arrange entries in alphabetical order by the first term in each entry (the first author’s last name or the title of the work when there is no author).
The Works Cited page is the list of sources used in the research paper. It should be its own page at the end of the paper.
- References contain four main parts: Author, Title of the work, Publication information, and Date
- The author’s last name comes first; Use a first name and middle name if written as such
- Use quotation marks to denote works that are part of larger works such as articles, chapters of books, or essays
- In-text citations include the author’s last name and a page reference
- The Works Cited list is organized alphabetically by author
Here are some important characteristics of MLA to keep in mind as you get started:
- cases, laws, government documents
- journal, magazine and newspaper articles
No Page Numbers
Note: The period goes outside the brackets, at the end of your in-text citation.
Examples of preparing reference citations and the list of works cited are taken from the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition (available in reference shelves of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the Hatcher Graduate Library [where one copy is always held on reserve at the circulation desk], call number LB 2369.G53 2016).
Alphabetize entries in the list of works cited by the author’s last name. If the author is anonymous, alphabetize by title, ignoring initial articles (like “The,” “An,” etc.).
Workshops are scheduled throughout the term.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
For more information, click on the links in this guide or consult a PDF version of our MLA Citation Style tip sheet.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is used in the humanities.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is most common in the humanities. The eighth edition is new for 2016.
MLA style is commonly used in Composition classes, Literature, and other Humanities courses.
In 2016, MLA published the 8th Edition handbook, which is significantly different from the 7th Edition that had previously been used. When using a citation guide or automatic citation generator like EasyBib, make sure you have selected the correct MLA edition.
The MLA Handbook is available in both the library’s circulating and reference stacks.
Some common features of MLA style formatted papers include: