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MLA Citation Style - 8th Edition

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Guidelines for Works Cited List

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

Hanging Indent

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


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.