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MLA: Your Works Cited List

Learn how to create a paper and source citations in MLA 8th Ed. style.

Works Cited List - General Guidelines

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the MLA Handbook, 8th ed.


Arrange Works Cited entries alphabetically by the surname of the first author, or by title if there is no author. When beginning with the title ignore initial articles (e.g. A, An, The) for alphabetization (pp. 112, 115).

Placement of the Works Cited List

The list of Works Cited typically appears at the end of a research paper or presentation (p. 112, 128).


The MLA Handbook does not specify any guidelines for how the Works Cited page should be formatted in terms of font size, font type, and spacing.  Please check with your instructor for this information.

Hanging Indent

Each Works Cited entry should be formatted with a hanging indent (p. 112).

How to Create a Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word

Select the text that should have a hanging indent. Go to the Home tab, click the arrow for Paragraph Settings, Indents and Spacing tab, select Hanging in the Spacing drop-down menu, click OK

How to Create a Hanging Indent in Google Docs

To get a hanging indent, put your cursor in the line/paragraph you want to indent and go to Format > Align & Indent > Indentation options. Under "Special," select "Hanging." Press the blue Apply button to save your changes.

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