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Your Last Name and page number should appear as a running header in the top right corner (following the format of the rest of the paper).

Center the words “Works Cited” at the top of the page. Do not underline.


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The entire page should be double-spaced. The first line of each entry is at the left margin. Indent each additional line of the citation. Do not add extra spaces between citations. The list is alphabetized by author’s last name.


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EXAMPLE of BASIC FORMAT Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter. New York: Putnam, 2001. 3 Parts Author’s Last name, Author’s first name. Title. City of Publication: Publisher, year published. (These colors are used as a learning tool. Don’t color coordinate your Works Cited page!!)

All other citations are variations of this basic format.


For a book/work without an author but with an editor, enter the editor’s last name, first name, ed. Example: Craig, Patricia, ed.

For a book/work with an author and an editor, use the format on the previous slide and insert the editor’s name after the title of the work.  Example: Kerouac, Jack. Atop an Underwood. Ed. Paul Marion. New York: Penguin, 2000. 


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Cite the total number of volumes after the title of the work.

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If your paper only cites one volume, cite the volume used after the title and the total number of volumes after the year of publication.


Author’s last name, Author’s first name. “Article Title.” Journal Title volume number (year): page numbers.

Example: Ryan, Katy. “Revolutionary Suicide in Toni Morrison’s Fiction.” African American Review 34 (2000): 389-412. 


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Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999. www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/ www.mla.org Or stop by the writing center for assistance.


MLA Works Cited