In a Works Cited page you will need to arrange items in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. When no author is listed, alphabetize by the first important word in the title. Place the first line of each entry flush with the left margin and indent succeeding lines. Double-space each entry and between the entries.
Below to the right is an example of a Works Cited Page with a basic example of the citation. The buttons to the right link to further explanations and more examples of the main types of entries you will use. These are basic models and are not intended to represent every possible source that you may need to cite.
If a work has no author or editor, the citation should begin with the next thing in the citation. This is usually the title of the article or work.
You should always check any citation by the MLA handbook either created by yourself or by an online citation machine. The best citation creator we have found ( in the library's opinion) is EasyBib www.easybib.com
While this is very good, you may need to add information especially if citing reference materials and materials found on the web. Most of our online subscriptions have correct 7th edition citations attached to the articles.
MLA 7th Edition Citation ExamplesGeneral Book Format
Author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Type of Material.
Two or three authors(MLA 5.5.4)
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 2nd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print.Edited book
(MLA 5.5.4 )
MacLaury, Robert E, Galina V. Paramei, and Don Dedrick, eds. Anthropology of Color: Interdisciplinary Mutlilevel Modeling. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007. Print.
Corporate Author (MLA 5.5.5)
National Research Council. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World’s Population. ashington:Natl.
Acad., 2000. Print
Work in an anthology(MLA 5.5.6)
Bordo, Susan. “The Moral Content of Nabokov’s Lolita.” Aesthetic Subjects. ED. Pamela R Mathews and Daniel McWhirter. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2006. Print.Article in a Reference Book
Author of Article (if given). "Article Title." Title of Reference Book. Editor. Vol. number (if any). City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page(s). Type of Material.
Jodicke, Ansgar. “Alchemy.” Religion Past and Present: Encyclopedia of theology and Religion. Ed. Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski, and Eberhard Jungel. Vol. 1. Leiden: Brill, 2007. Print.Map, Chart , Cartoon from a book magazine, or newspaper
Michigan. Map. Chicago: Rand 2000. Print
Karaski, Paul. Cartoon. New Yorker. 14 Apr. 2008. PrintGeneral Periodical Format
Author. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine Date: Page(s). Type of Material.
Magazine articles(MLA 5.4.6) (Abbreviate all months except May, June and July.)
McEvoy, Dermot. “Little Books, Big Success.” Publishers Weekly. 30 Oct. 2006: 26-28. Print.
Newspaper article(MLA 5.4.5)
Dwyer, Jim. “Yeats Meets the Digital Age, Full Passionate Intensity.” New York Times. 20 July 2008, early ed., Arts and Leisure sec.: 1+. Print.
General Website Format
Author. "Title of the Web Page." Title of the Overall Web Site. Version or Edition. Publisher or Sponsor, Date. Web. Date of Access.
Article on website (MLA 5.6.2)
Quade, Alex. “Elite Team Rescues Troops Behind Enemy Lines.” CNN.com. Cable News Network, 19 Mar. 2007. Web. 15 May 2008.
Website (MLA 5.6.2b)
Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 10 Apr. 2009.
Pilgrim, David. "The Brute Caricature." Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Ferris State U. Nov. 2000. Web. 20 May 2009.
Journal article from a subscription service (MLA 5.6.4)
Author. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine Date: Page(s). Online Database Name. Web. Date of Access.
Evangelista, Stefano. Rev of Victorian and Edwardian Responses to Italian Renaissance, ed. John E. Law and Lene Ostermark-Johansen. Victorian Studies. 46.4 (2006): 729-31. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Mar. 2007.E-mail message
(MLA 5.7.14 )
Harner, James L. Message to the author. 20 Aug. 2002. E-mail.Interview
Name of Person Interviewed. Type of interview. (Personal or Telephone) Date.
Reed, Ishmael. Telephone interview. 10 Dec. 2007Works Cited
The Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Ed. New York:: Modern Language Association of America. 2009.