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Works Cited-MLA

Formatting Your MLA Style PaperTop of Page

    •1 inch margins on all sides
    •double-space all (including identification and title)
     •indent 1st line of each paragraph 1/2 inch (or 5 spaces)
    •12 pt. font, preferably Times New Roman
    •indent (tab once) first line of each paragraph ½ inch
Last Name & Page Numbers
    •Header: upper right corner, 1/2 inch below the top of the page, flush with right margin
    •last name, then page number on every page (e.g. Jones 1)
    •Top, left margin, separate lines (double-spaced):
         Instructor's Name
         Course Title
    •Centered (double-space before and after)

Formatting Your MLA Works Cited PageTop of Page

-your works cited page is on a separate page than the rest of the paper.
-again, 1 inch margins
-title is "Works Cited" centered at the top
-double space all
-alphabetize by author's last name
-only indent the second line of any citations (1/2 inch or 5 spaces-this is called a "hanging indent" when you are formatting your paper)

For more on formatting your MLA works cited page, see:

Formatting Works Cited ReferencesTop of Page

1. Maintain the formatting of the following templates exactly as shown:
    •keep the periods, followed by 1 space
    •underline the book title and subtitle
    •colon (followed by 1 space) between place of publication and publisher
    •indent second line
    •double-space all

In-text CitationsTop of Page

Titles of books are italicized; titles of articles are put in quotation marks.

Book References On Works CitedTop of Page

2. Referencing a book
-need the following (typically found on title page & copyright page):
    •author's name
    •title and subtitle
    •place of publication (if more than one listed, use first in list)
    •date of publication (if more than one listed, use most recent)

         Author's last name, author's first name. Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher,

              date of publication.

         Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2007.

For more on MLA book citations, see:

Website References on Works CitedTop of Page

3. Referencing a website
-use as many of the following elements as are available:
    •editor, author, or compiler name (search, you may find it on the site's home page)
    •name of site (if no name, just give description e.g. "Home Page")
    •date of publication of last update
    •name of sponsoring organization
    •date of access (day month year)
    •<url> (web address, if url is so long it continues on to the next line, break the url after a slash and do NOT add any hyphens that were not originally there)- this is not required by MLA, but check with your teacher to see if they require it.

         Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of
              institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium
              of publication. Date of access.

         Paradise High School. Paradise Unified School District 2008. Web. 26 Mar. 2009.
         Potter, Frank. Frank Potter's Science Gems. 1994. Web. 29 Mar. 2009.

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Articles From Databases (Gale Resources) on Works CitedTop of Page

4. Referencing a database
-use as many of the following elements as are available:
    •publication information for the source
         Author's name. Title of article. Title of magazine (include volume #). Date (day month year) and page numbers. (page numbers are consecutive, list all e.g. 27-55, NOT consecutive, use 27+)
    •name of database
    •name of service
    •name and location of the library where you retrieved the article
    •date of access [day month (abbreviated, except: May, June, July) year]
    •<url> (web address, if url is so long it continues on to the next line, break the url after a slash and do NOT add any hyphens that we not originally there)

        Author's last name, author's first name. "Title of article". Title of Magazine. (Date): pages.

              Database. Service. Name of library you retrieved article, location of library where you

              retrieved article. Date of access. <url>

         "Evolution: Fishy fangs." Nature 458.1 (12 Mar. 2009): 263. MAS Ultra - School Edition. EBSCO.
              Paradise High School, Paradise, CA. 26 Mar. 2009 <

For more on citing articles from databases, see:

Magazine (Periodical) Article ReferenceTop of Page

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.
(abbreviate months longer than 4 letters)

For example:
Jacobson, Mark Z., and Delucchi, Mark A. "A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030." Scientific American Nov. 2009: 58-65. Print.

For more on citing periodicals, see:

Helpful LinksTop of Page

Websites for helping with Citation Styles
•MLA Information at CSU,Chico
•Research and Documentation Online
•The Purdue Online Writing Lab