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MLA Style Guide, 9th Edition: Formatting Your Works Cited List

This LibGuide reflects the changes to MLA style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Ninth Edition

Formatting hanging indent using Google.dox

Formatting hanging indent using MS Word on PC

Formatting hanging indent using MS Word on a MAC

Formatting the Works Cited page

The Works Cited page is the list of sources used in the research paper. It should be its own page at the end of the paper.

Center the title, "Works Cited" (without quotation marks), at the top of the page. If only one source was consulted, title the page "Work Cited".

Double space the entire list of sources.

Use hanging indention for each entry. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; indent all subsequent lines one-half inch.

Arrange entries in alphabetical order by the first term in each entry (the first author's last name or the title of the work when there is no author).

Continue with the numbering convention used throughout the paper by including your last name and the page number in the upper right-hand corner of the Works Cited page.

Please see the video tutorials to the left for help formatting your Works Cited page using Google.docx, MS Word on a PC, and MS Word on a MAC.


Using a template to format citations

Use the MLA 9th PDF Template below as a guide. Fill in all the necessary elements for your source, then transfer that information to your Works Cited page in the same order, starting with item 1. 

Note: This template can be saved to your computer so you can type your information in the boxes.