Formatting a Works Cited page in MLA style

The Works Cited page lists all of the sources you used in your paper and is placed at the end of the paper on a new numbered page.

The sources listed on that page and the ones you cite within the text must align exactly.

Placement
Place the Works Cited page at the end of the paper on a new numbered page.

An easy way to do this is to add a page break at the end of the text on the last page of your essay.

Place your cursor at the end of your last sentence and click CTRL + Enter.

Title
Label the page Works Cited, centered in plain text.

Example:

Works Cited

Header
Your header should continue onto the Works Cited page; it includes your last name and page number.

Example:

Surname 13

Spacing
Make sure to double space throughout.

Order
List the sources in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Ignore “A,” “And,” and “The” when alphabetizing by title if an author is not listed.

Indentation
Do not indent the first line in the citation; however, you must indent any
additional lines one half-inch.

One way to do this is with a hanging indent. Place your cursor in front of the line to be indented and under the Home Menu, click the arrow next to the word Paragraph.

Under Special, choose Hanging, and click OK.

A second method is to place your cursor at the end of the first line and press Enter. Then, place your cursor at the beginning of the second line and press Tab.

Note these important formatting aspects:
-The page is labeled Works Cited.
-Every line is evenly double -spaced with no single spacing or extra spaces.
-The second and third lines of entries are indented.
-The entries are alphabetized.
-The overall formatting is the same as the rest of the essay. The margins are 1” and the page number continues.

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