• MLA Works Cited Handout

    Clemmons Middle School

    A “Works Cited” or bibliography is the list of works (resources) that you used to do research for your paper. There are two purposes for creating a Works Cited page: 1) to give proper credit to your sources and 2) to allow your reader to locate your sources. Your major objectives when creating a citation are to be accurate and complete. An on-line tool called MLA Citation Maker http://www.oslis.org/resources/cm/mlacitationss  is very helpful.


    The sources on your “Works Cited” page must be listed alphabetically by the last name or first word of the entry. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you pay attention to the formatting and punctuation of each entry.  Also, notice that the second line (and each subsequent line) is indented five spaces.


    Print Resources


    Book by One Author

    Last Name, First Name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Copyright




    Jameson, George P. Ellis Island. New York: Icon Press, 2006.


    Book by Two Authors

    Last Name, First Name and First Name Last Name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher,

         Copyright Date.



    Smith, Henry G. and Betty Harmon. Freedom Rides. Chicago: Broad

         Shoulder Press, 2006.


    Encyclopedia (NOTE: The author is usually listed at the end of the article. If an author is not listed, begin the entry with the title of the article.)


    Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Name of Encyclopedia. Edition Year.



    Franz, Charlene. “Goat.” World Book. 2006 ed.


    Newspaper Article

    Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Newspaper Name Date: page(s).



     Blake, Terry. “Attack in Bagdad: Two Marines Dead.” The Plain Dealer 20 July 2006:



    Magazine Article

    Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Magazine Date: page numbers.



     Thomasson, Ronald. “Salt Mines of Lake Erie.” Cleveland Magazine 15 May

         2004: 23-25.



    Non-Print Resources (Electronic/Computer)


    Online Database—Encyclopedia “Title of Article.” Name of Encyclopedia. Year. Name of online source. Date <URL>.



     “Whale Oil.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 23

          August 2006 <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9076727>.


    Internet Website (Note: it is sometimes very difficult to find all of the information you need to make a proper citation for a website. Try to find as much information as possible.)

    Author (if given). “Title of Web Page.” Title of Website. Date last updated. Name of

         Organization that sponsors the site. Date accessed <URL link>.



    Walker, Gary. "The Effects of Radiation." Hiroshima Atom Bomb. 15 Mar. 2000. Los

         Alamos Research Facility. 14 Oct. 2008.  




    Director’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Film. Copyright Year. Production Company

         Name. Access Date <URL>.



    Kent, Williams. Finding Harmony. 2003. Environmental Lecture Productions. 2003. 9

         October 2010 <http://www.chinaha.com>.



    Creators Last Name, First Name. “Title of Image.” Type of image (photo, graphic, etc.).

         Website Title. Access Date <URL of image>.


    Brown, Liz. “Galaxies.” Photograph. Amazing Space. 13 May 1993

         <http://www.amazing space.stsci.edu>.



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