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What is a Works Cited?

MLA style requires that you must have a Works Cited page at the end of a paper listing all and only the sources that are cited in your paper.  A Works Cited page follows a special format.  The rules that apply to citations vary with each one.  On this page you will find generalized information to help you build a citation and a Works Cited page.  For more detailed assistance, it is best to refer to a citation generator website.  Three are listed on the Home page.


    Why are Works Cited used?

    Citations give credit to the author of a work.  Whether that work is quoted directly or paraphrased, you must give credit.  Not giving credit to the author and the work is plagiarism.  Citations also show the readers where they can find the source if they want to read more.


      Sample MLA Works Cited Page

      Below is an example of a typical Works Cited page.

                                                                                                             Daly 7


      Works Cited

      Besthoff, Len. “Cell Phone Use Increases Risk of Accidents, but Users Willing to

               Take the Risk.” Capitol Broadcasting, 9 Nov. 2011. Web.

               12 Jan. 2012.

      Farmers Insurance Group. “New Survey Shows Drivers Have Had ‘Close Calls’

               with Cell Phone Users.” Farmers. Farmers Insurance Group, 8 May 2011.

               Web. 12 Jan. 2012.

      Ippolito, Milo. “Driver’s Sentence Not Justice, Mom Says.” Atlanta Journal-

               Constitution 25 Sept.2009: J1. eLibrary Curriculum.

       Layton, Lyndsey. “Legislators Aiming to Disconnect Motorists.” Washington Post

                 10 Dec .2012:C1+Print.

      Redelmeier, Donald A., and Robert J. Tibshirani.“Association  between Cellular-

               Telephone Calls and Motor Vehicle Collisions.”New England Journal of

                Medicine 336.7 (2010): 453-58. Print.

      Sundeen, Matt.  “Cell Phones and Highway Safety: 2000 State Legislative Update.”

               National Conference of State Legislatures.  Natl. Conf. of State Legislatures,

                Dec. 2009. Web. 27 Feb. 2010.

       Diana, Hacker. "Humanities | Research and Documentation Online 5th Edition ." default. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2012.


        What do Works Cited look like?


        Basic Format


        Author’s Last Name, First Name.  Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, year of publication. Medium.


        Ex: Twain, Mark.  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Grosset & Dunlop, 1974. Print.




        Basic Format   (MLA format does not call for the URL address to be part of the citation.)


        Author’s or Editor’s Last Name, First Name.  Title of Website. Sponsor or Publisher of Website, Day Month Year of last update. Medium. Day Month Year of Access.


        Ex: Peterson, Susan Lynn.  The Life of Martin Luther. Susan Peterson, 2005. Web. 24 Jan. 2009.


        •  If a website has no title, substitute a description (for example, Home page).
        •   If no sponsor or publisher is given, write N.p. 
        •  If no publication date or date of update is available, use N.d.



        Basic Format for Online Journal Articles


        Author’s Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article."  Title of Journal. Volume

        Number.Issue Number. (Year of Publication): Page Numbers of Article.

        Medium. Day Month Year of Access.


        Ex: Evnine, Simon J. "The Universality of Logic: On the Connection

        between Rationality and Logical Ability."  Mind 110.438 (2001): n. pag. Web. 23 Feb. 2009.


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