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MLA Style, 7th Edition

Formating Your Citations

The Basics for Formatting your Works Cited page:

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
  • Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
  • List all entries in alphabetical order, by the author's last name.  If the author's last name is unknown, alphabetize by title, ignoring any initial A, An, or The or the equivalent in another language.
  • List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-250. Note that MLA style uses a hyphen in a span of pages.
  • If you're citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics. You do not need to provide subscription information in addition to the database name.

    Please visit these sites for additional information on how to set up your Works Cited page:

    Purdue Owl: Differences Between 7th & 8th Edition

EasyBib MLA 7th Edition

Works Cited Formatting