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Works Cited
  • At the end of the paper, you must provide a list of works which you quoted in your paper. Put them in alphabetical order by the first word in each entry.
  • The words Works Cited should be centered at the top of a new page, not underlined, italicized, or bolded and in 12-point font.
  •  Double space the entire Works Cited page: within all entries, between all entries, and after the words Works Cited.
  •  The pages should be numbered continuously from the paper itself. For example, if the paper ends on page 8, the Works Cited page should begin on page 9.
  • Use a hanging indent for all entries: the first line of an entry is flush left, and all other lines in the entry are indented one half inch.


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Citing Electronic Sources
  • With electronic sources, some of the data which should be included on the Works Cited page is frequently missing. As a general rule, include as much data as you can find on your source, but do not be alarmed if you cannot find everything.
  • Because of the fluctuation within electronic media, it is important to carefully determine the credibility of electronic sources. Most articles that appear in journals or books have been reviewed and juried by several experts, enhancing their credibility. This is not always the case with electronic sources. Web sites ending in .edu (educational institution), .gov (government agency), and .org (non-profit organization) are more consistently credible than Web sites ending in .com or .net.
  • For more information on citing databases in MLA, see the worksheet entitled “Citing Aggregator Databases in MLA.”


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