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MLA Handbook, 9th edition



  Res 808.02 M685m 2021 pbk.

MLA Referencing Basics: Works-Cited List

In MLA 9th Ed. format, the reference list is usually titled the ‘Works-Cited List’. This is a list of all the sources referenced within the document and contains the author's name, source title, date of publication and more information which varies depending on the source type. A MLA Works-Cited List must:

  • Begin in a new page at the end of the document

  • Be ordered alphabetically by name of first author (or title if the author is unknown, in terms of alphabetizing this ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’ should be ignored)

    • If there are multiple works by the same author these are ordered by date, if the works are in the same year they are ordered alphabetically by the title

  • Entries must be double spaced

  • Second and subsequent lines of a source must be indented 0.5inches from the margin

  • If multiple works by the same author are listed, the first reference must contain the full name but subsequent references should have author name replaced with ‘- - -’

  • Contain full references for all in-text references used

Source: Purdue Owl: MLA Referencing Basics: Works-Cited List

MLA General Format

Video Tutorial: How to format an MLA works cited | EasyBib