MLA Works Cited - Format & Examples

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MLA Works Cited Format & Examples


Basic Style Guidelines:

  • Center the title (Works Cited) at the top of your page

  • Set all margins to 1”

  • Use Times New Roman 12 font

  • Double space the entire document, both between and within entries

  • Alphabetize the list by author’s last name OR the first word of the entry (ignore The, A, An)

  • Use hanging indentation; after the first line, indent each subsequent line ½” (tab)

  • If required by your teacher, web addresses are inside angled brackets (< >) with hyperlinks removed so that the URL/web address appears as regular text

  • Dates are listed by day, abbreviated month, year with the exception of May, June, and July.

Works Cited on a Database

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. "Title of Article." Original Source Title, Number/Volume, Publication date, page(s). Database Title. Medium. Date Accessed. <URL (only if required by your teacher)>.

Example: Melikian, Janet. “Cleopatra’s Daughter.” School Library Journal. 56.2, 2010, 137. Ebscohost. Web. 12. Feb. 2010. <>.

Works Cited Only on the Web

Author/Editor/Compiler. “Title of Article.” Title of Overall Website. Publisher or sponsor of site, Date of publication (day, month, year or n.d. if none given). Medium. Date of access. <URL (only if required by your teacher)>.

Example: Spinks, Sarah. “Inside the Teenage Brain: Adolescents and Sleep.” Frontline. PBS, 2010. Web. 5 Mar. 2010. <>.