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MLA 8 citation help: MLA Works Cited Page

Core Elements in Order:

In some cases, a container might be within a larger container. You might have read a book of short stories on Google Books, or watched a television series on Netflix. You might have found the electronic version of a journal in a Gale database. It is important to cite these containers within containers so that your readers can find the exact source that you used.  See the examples on this page.

MLA Works Cited Page: The Basics

Purdue OWL says, "If you are already familiar with traditional MLA citation methods, continue to use them in a more simplified form. Since the eighth edition emphasizes the writer’s freedom to create references based on the expectations of the audience, consider what your readers need to know if they want to find your source." 

  • Always follow your instructor's directions on formatting your Works Cited page.
  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper.
  • Label the page Works Cited, centered on the page.  Do not italize or put Works Cited in quotes.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of each citation five spaces so that you create a hanging indent.
  • Entries are listed alphabetically by the author's last name (or editor names). Author names are written last name,  first. (middle names or middle initials follow the first name). [i.e. Metzler, Gretchen L.]
  • If no author or editor is available, begin entry with the title, place in alphabetical order.
  • Use italics (instead of underlining) for titles of books, magazine or movies and quotation marks for titles of articles, chapters, poems.
  • When including more than one citation by the same author, put the citations in alphabetical order by title.  The first citation by that author should be in full format, in the following citations by the same author place three dashes (---) in place of the author's name, followed by a period (.), complete the rest of the citation according to the proper format for the source type. 

Template

Template

Basic Core elements

These are the basic elements.  Repeat parts 1-9 as is necessary for your resource.  See the examples on this page.

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Examples

Book (Hardcover edition)

Russell, Gerard. Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms : Journeys into the

Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. Basic Books, 2014.

Book (Kindle edition)

Russell, Gerard. Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms : Journeys into the

Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. Kindle ed., Basic

Books, 2015.

Book (ebook edition)

Russell, Gerard. Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the

Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. EPUB 2ed., Basic

Books, 2015.

Book (Google Books edition)

Russell, Gerard. Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the

Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. Basic Books, 2015.

Google Books, play.google.com/store/books/details/

Gerard_Russell_Heirs_to_Forgotten_Kingdoms?

id=BK26CgAAQBAJ. Accessed 21 Sept. 2016.

 

Website

Darke, Diana. "Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis?"

BBC News, BBC, 8 Aug. 2014, www.bbc.com/news/

blogs-magazine-monitor-28686607. Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

 

Newspaper article (from library database)

Cumming-Bruce, Nick. "U.N. Says ISIS Seeking to Exterminate

Yazidis." International NewYork Times, 17 June 2016.

Global Issues in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/

doc/A455351662/GIC?u=vol_h58hs&xid=a3202f03 

Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

 

Article accessed from a newspaper’s website

Cumming-Bruce, Nick. "ISIS Committed Genocide Against Yazidis

in Syria and Iraq, U.N. Panel Says." International New York

Times, New York Times, 16 June 2016, 

www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/world/middleeast/isis-genocide-

yazidi-un.html?_r=0. Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

 

Magazine article (accessed from library database)

"Freedom on Hold; Iraq's Yazidis." The Economist, vol. 33, 13 Aug.

2016. Global Issues in Contextlink.galegroup.com/apps/

doc/A460471604/GIC?u=vol_h58hs&xid=a3b19ad8. 

Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

 

Magazine article (accessed from the magazine’s website)

"Freedom on Hold." The Economist, 13 Aug. 2016,

www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21704767-

safe-islamic-state-members-sect-now-face-struggle-their.

Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

 

Works Cited Examples:

One Author:

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Scribner Classics, 1996.

Two Authors:

Robinson, Jackie , and Alfred Duckett. I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography.

The Ecco Press, 1995.

Three or more Authors:

Haynes, Charles C., et al. The First Amendment in Schools. Association for

Supervision and Curriculum Development / First Amendment Center, 2003.

Author & Editor:

McElroy, Bernard. “Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind.” Macbeth, edited by Harold

Bloom, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, pp. 27-51.

Editor ONLY:

Layman, Richard, editor. “Lifestyles and Social Trends.” American Decades:

1960-1969, Gale Research Inc., 1995, pp. 307-342.

No Author:

“Second Amendment.” American Law Yearbook 2011: A Guide to the Year’s Major

Legal Cases and Developments, Gale, 2012, pp. 173-178. Gale Virtual

Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX19534

00065&v=2.1&u=wilm21718&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=b84ae277a67181

394aaab69f64db3fcd. Accessed 4 Oct. 2016.

Book:

Robinson, Jackie , and Alfred Duckett. I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography. The

Ecco Press, 1995.

Essay, Short Story, or Poem:

McElroy, Bernard. “Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind.” Macbeth, edited by Harold

Bloom, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, pp. 27-51.

Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal Article:

Neill, Monty. “The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement.” Monthly Review, vol.

64, no. 10, March 2016, pp. 8-88.

Article from a Web site:

Wagner, Gernot, and Martin L. Weitzman. “An Economist’s Take on How to Combat

Climate Change.” NewsHour, PBS, 3 Dec. 2015, www.pbs.org/

newshour/making-sense/an-economists-take-on-how-to-combat-climate

-change/. Accessed 2 Aug. 2016.

Book (collection of essays, poems, short stories):

McElroy, Bernard. “Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind.” Macbeth, edited by Harold

Bloom, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, pp. 27-51.

Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal:

Neill, Monty. “The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement.” Monthly Review,

vol. 64, no. 10, March 2016, pp. 8-88.

Website:

Wagner, Gernot, and Martin L. Weitzman. “An Economist’s Take on How to

Combat Climate Change.” NewsHour, PBS, 3 Dec. 2015, www

.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/an-economists-take-on-how-to-combat-

climate-change. Accessed 12 Nov. 2016.

Source with Two Containers (i.e. an article in a journal from a database):

Neill, Monty. “The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement.” Monthly

Review, vol. 64, no. 10, March 2016, pp. 8-88. ProQuest, search.

proquest.com/docview/1768932454?accountid=12167. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.

Edited Book:

McElroy, Bernard. “Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind.” Macbeth, edited by Harold

Bloom, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, pp. 27-51.

Multiple Editors:

Leong, Russell. “Eclipse.” The United States of Poetry, edited by Joshua Blum

et al., Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1995, pp. 136-37.

Translated Book:

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Translated by Gregory

Rabassa, Ballantine Books, 1982.

Book with an Introduction:

Robinson, Jackie , and Alfred Duckett. I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography.

Introduction by Hank Aaron and Cornel West, The Ecco Press, 1995.

Edition:

Drabble, Margaret, editor. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 5th ed.,

Oxford UP, 1985.

Previously Published Source: [When your source was previously published in a form other than the one in which you consulted, you can include the information about the original publication]

Ognibene, Elaine R. "The missionary position: Barbara Kingsolver's The

Poisonwood Bible." College Literature, vol. 30, no. 3, 2003, p. 19+.

Literature Resource Center,go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=

LitRC&sw=w&u=vol_h58hs&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA110076703&asid

=24b7eeb8679d7f3db31d93fe9944b9a9. Accessed 30 Jan. 2017.

Ognibene, Elaine R. “The Missionary Position: Barbara Kingsolver’s The

Poisonwood Bible.” Novels for Students, edited by Ira Mark Milne, vol.

24, Gale, 2007, pp.211-220. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.

galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX3421700020&v=2.1&u=wilm

21718&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=b7130a92f69ffb68ca180dccc67fc

d7a. Originally published in College Literature, Summer 2003, pp. 19-36.