MLA style requires that you include a Works Cited page at the end of your document, listing all of the sources you referenced in-text. Even if you cite only one source in your entire document, you must have a Works Cited page. All sources in the MLA Works Cited page must correspond to the sources cited in your text (don’t include sources in your text that you don’t cite in the Works Cited page or vice versa.)

Follow the diagram here to correctly format your Works Cited page or read the descriptions below for clarification.

Formatting & Design

When formatting your MLA format Works Cited page, do the following:

  • Put the Works Cited page on its own page at the end of your document.
  • Keep your last name and page number in the header as you do on the rest of your document in MLA format.
  • Keep margins the same as the rest of your document at 1”.
  • Space your text the same as the rest of your document, whether single or double-spacing.
  • Double-space between sources.
  • Create hanging indents by indenting 0.5” the second and subsequent lines of each source.


Insert sources in alphabetical order by the first word in the entry (most often authors’ last names). If your entry doesn’t begin with a last name (if your source is a corporate author or there is no known author), alphabetize the entry by the first word of the entry, be it a company name or part of the title.


Following MLA formatting and style standards, be sure to capitalize words appropriately. Do the following:

  • Capitalize the first word of any source or title, regardless of the word.
  • Capitalize the first name, last name, and middle initials of all authors.
  • Capitalize all words in titles of works expect for prepositions (to, from, by, above, in, etc.); articles (a, an, the); and conjunctions (but, and, so, if, yet, etc.).

Punctuation & Italics

Follow the punctuation guidelines as shown on the MLA Format Overview Page or as shown in the examples for each source type. In general, your punctuation should follow these standards:

  • Use a period after author names and titles of containers.
  • Use commas after all sources that come after the title of the container.
  • Use a period at the end of each source entry.
  • Use quotation marks around all shorter titles (such as journal articles, magazine articles, chapters, song titles, and TV episodes)
  • Use italics around all larger titles (such as books, films, albums, and TV series.)

Citing Multiple Sources from the Same Author

When you cite multiple works that were written or created by the same author, MLA style requires that you include the author’s name on the first entry. Every subsequent entry that includes the same author should begin with three hyphens (—), followed by a period. This helps readers quickly recognize which sources all came from the same author.

Citing Sources When You Don’t Know the Author

Occasionally you’ll come across a source where there is no clear author or organization. If there is no known author, cite the source by including the title of the source in alphabetical order as you would any other source. Make sure the title you include corresponds with the in-text reference where you addressed it your document.