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MLA Citation Style

Formatting the Works Cited

Double-space and format entries with a hanging indent. In Microsoft Word: Select text, right click, select paragraph, and then change the Special drop down menu to hanging. 

Alphabetize entries by the author's last name or, if there is no author, by the title ignoring initial A, An or The‚Äč or the equivalent in another language. 

Reverse the author's name for alphabetizing but otherwise give the author's name as it appears in the source.

Italicize titles of larger sources (or containers) like books or journals; use quotation marks around titles of sources like essays or articles which are within larger sources (or containers).

Capitalize the first, the last, and all significant words of a title and subtitle. Capitalize subordinating conjunctions, for example: After, Although, As If, As Soon As, Because, Before, If, That, Unless, Until, When, Where, While. 

Do not capitalize coordinating conjunctions when they are in the middle of a title, for example: against, as, between, in, of, to. 

For more details of what to capitalize in titles see MLA Handbook section 1.2.1 (67-68).

Formatting the research paper and annotated bibliography

MLA Style Center: Formatting Papers 

MLA Style Center: Sample Papers

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide has an example of an MLA sample paper.

MLA Style Center: Annotated Bibliography

Follow your professor's specific instructions as given.

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