Works Cited List

List all of the sources cited in your paper alphabetically by author’s last name in a list titled Works Cited at the end of your essay or paper. Use double spacing with a hanging indent for all references unless your professor says otherwise. Provide complete and consistent references including author, title, the relevant publication information for the format of the work, and the medium of publication.

Digital sources are full text sources that are published online or in an electronic format. Print sources are those published in a printed publication like a library book. Note that if you print out an online journal article to read it's still a digital publication.

This guide provides information on how to reference the most common formats. For other works, consult the print MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing at the Research Help Desk. Some sources may have small variation (e.g. journals with no issue numbers) or may not match any of the formats given here or in the manuals. Pick the most similar format and make adjustments as needed to ensure your sources are recoverable to other readers.

Content last updated: July 17, 2020