Works Cited Page Guide

Every time you write a paper and reference other authors or information, you must have a works cited page.

What is a works cited page?

Simply, it is an extra page at the end of your paper that gives credit to the references you have mentioned throughout your paper.

If you are not sure if your paper needs this extra page, re-read it again. Is your paper a research paper? Do you have any quotes, statistics or dialogue? If so, then you definitely should create this page.

It is always better to give credit to those authors than to not and wish you did later.


Below are some general guidelines for creating this page:

  • Begin by making sure your whole paper/document is in MLA format. If you are not sure what MLA format is or how you should format your paper, click here for a quick guide on MLA paper format.
  • Make sure that all of the entries you type on your works cited page correspond to the works in your document. No extra entries should be mentioned.
  • Start this extra page on a separate page at the end of your paper. It should be in the same format of your paper. For help on MLA paper format, click here.
  • The title of your page should be (without the quotation marks) “Works Cited” or “Work Cited.” If you only are providing one entry on the page, use the singular title. If you have multiple works to list, use the plural title. Center this title. Do not make your title bold or underline it. Bolding and underlining any title on a paper is not proper MLA format.
  • Following the format of your paper, all entries should be double spaced. There are no extra spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and the following lines of the entries five spaces or by pressing the Tab Key on your keyboard.

Click here for a sample of how this page might look. Remember:

  1. Cite your sources when the ideas you present in your paper are not your own or common knowledge. Common knowledge refers to things like "apples are red or green."
  2. Even if you put the author’s ideas into your own words (paraphrasing), you still need to cite it, because it still is not your own idea.
  3. When in doubt, give credit where credit is due.
  4. Gather the following items: the author (last name, first name), the title (in italics if it's a book or in quotation marks if it's an article), the place of publication (city), the publishing company, and the date of publication (most recent copyright).
  5. Your paper must be in MLA paper format, click here to make sure yours is following the correct format.

For more information on how to structure your works cited page click here or for a sample of how one looks click here.

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