What Is a Works Cited Page?

What Is a Works Cited Page?

  • It’s a list of all of the sources that you use in your paper.
  • When you put a source on your Works Cited page, it is called an “entry.”

When Do I Need A Works Cited Page?

  • Whenever you use a source in your paper
  • You should have one entry for each source that you use in your paper.

Characteristics of a Works Cited Page

  • Start the Works Cited on its own page.
  • Double-space everything.
  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Leave only one space after punctuation.
  • Continue your running header with your last name and page number on the top right side
  • Center the title Works Cited – do not bold, underline or italicize it.
  • Alphabetize the Works Cited page by using the first word of the entry. Skip articles “a,” “an,” and “the.”
  • Use hanging indents for each entry. The second, third, fourth (or more) lines should be indented ½ inch from the left margin.
  • Put a period at the end of each entry.

General Guidelines for All Entries

  • All entries begin with the following: author’s last name, first name, middle initial (if given).
  • If you have two authors, reverse the order for the first author only.
  • If you have more than two authors, use only first author in reverse order followed by a comma and et al.
  • If there is no author, begin with the title of the source capitalized according to MLA rules and in “quotation marks.”

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What Is a Works Cited Page? by Sami Lange; Vicki Brandenburg; and Leila Palis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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