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MLA Quick Citation Guide

Sample MLA paper

Quick Rules for an MLA Works Cited List

Your research paper ends with a list of all the sources cited in the text of the paper. This is called a Works Cited list.

See an example in the "Sample MLA Paper" box on this page.

Here are five quick rules:

  1. Start a new page for your Works Cited list (e.g., if your paper is 4 pages long, start your Works Cited list on page 5).
  2. Centre the title, Works Cited, at the top of the page and do not bold or underline it.
  3. Double-space the list.
  4. Start the first line of each citation at the left margin; each subsequent line should be indented (also known as a "hanging indent").
  5. Put your list in alphabetical order. Alphabetize the list by the first word in the citation.