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MLA Citation Style

Formatting the Works Cited

Margins One inch at top, bottom, and both sides
Text formatting

Easily readable typeface (Times New Roman, for example), between 11-13 points.

Double-space paper: including quotations, notes, and works cited.

Title Your name, instructor's name, course name and number, and date, on separate double-spaced lines. Title is on a new double-spaced line and centered.
Running head and page numbers

Number all pages in upper right-hand corner with your last name.

Smith 2

Works cited

Appears at the end of the paper. Center the heading Works Cited (Work Cited if only one entry). Double-space between the heading and first entry. Entries should have hanging indents.

Note: in Microsoft Word: Select text, right click, select paragraph, and then change the Special drop down menu to hanging.

Works cited entries

Alphabetize 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).

Works Cited List Example

Charton, H. B. "Hamlet." Shakespearean Criticism, edited by Laurie Lanzen Harris, vol. 1, 1984, pp. 166-68. Shakespearean Criticism Online,

Christie, Julie, performer. Hamlet. Castle Rock Entertainment, 2006.  

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Edited by Sylvan Barnet. Signet Classics, 1998.

"Symbolism, N." Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford UP, Mar. 2017,

Works Cited List Example With More Than One Work by An Author

Atwood, Margaret. "Elephants Are Not Giraffes: A Conversation with Margaret Atwood, More or Less about Northrop Frye." Interview by Nicholas J. Mount.  University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 81, no. 1, 2012, pp. 60-70. Project Muse, doi:10.3138/utq.81.1.060.

---. Introduction. Collected Stories, by Carol Shields, Fourth Estate, 2004, pp. xii-xvii.

---. Oryx and Crake. Doubleday, 2003.

---. "Strawberries."  Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, edited by Sina Queyras, Persea Books, 2005, p. 7.

---. The Handmaid's Tale. McClelland and Stewart/Bantam, 1986.

Coad, David. "Hymens, Lips and Masks: The Veil in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale."  Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Jeffrey W. Hunter, vol. 246, Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center,

Hengen, Shannon. "Margaret Atwood and Environmentalism." The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood, edited by Coral Ann Howells, Cambridge UP, 2006, pp. 72-85.

McWilliams, Ellen. Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman. Ashgate, 2009.

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