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MLA Style Guide

General Guidelines for a Works Cited Page

  • Always include a Works Cited on a separate page at the end of your paper, project, or presentation. It should have the same one-inch margins and headers or footers as the rest of your paper.

  • Label the page Work Cited (do not italicize, bold or underline the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.  If you are including works that you consulted but did not actually cite in your paper, you should label the page Works Consulted.

  • Alphabetize the list of entries in your Works Cited. Do not number entries. If one of your entries starts with a numeral, alphabetize the title as if the numeral were spelled out. For example, 1984 Revisited should be alphabetized as if it began with “Nineteen Eighty Four.”

  • Double space all citations.

  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations five spaces so that you create a hanging indent.  (In Word, place your cursor in front of the first character of each citation and then click Control t to automatically format the citation properly).

  • Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions--unless it is the first word of the title or subtitle: Gone with the Wind, The Art of War, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

  • When you are using NoodleTools, make sure you choose the correct type of source you are citing. If you are unsure, check with a teacher or librarian.

  • If you are using a preformatted citation from a database, make sure you check it over carefully; often, citations from databases or EasyBib are not accurate.

  • If you cannot find some particular piece of information, such as the author’s name, just skip that part of the citation.  

  • Always include a URL for online sources. For databases, use the stable URL provided at the bottom of the article.

  • Be picky!  Follow the rules and punctuation exactly.   


If you are not sure whether your Works Cited is formatted correctly, talk to your teacher or a librarian!

Sample Works Cited

This is an example of a properly formatted Works Cited page:

Works Cited

Berti, Benedetta, and Evelien Borgman. "What Does it Mean to Be a Refugee?" YouTube, uploaded by TED-Ed, 16 June 2016, Accessed 2 Aug. 2017. Speech.

Bocxe, Wesley. Rwandan Refugees Waiting for Water. 25 May 2016. Britannica Image Quest, Accessed 2 Aug. 2017.

"The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained." YouTube, uploaded by Kurzgesagt, 17 Sept. 2015, Accessed 2 Aug. 2017.

Ggia. Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Reach the Coastal Waters of Lesbos in Greece, after Having Crossed from Turkey. 30 Oct.

2015. Wikimedia Commons, 30 Oct. 2015,

refugees_arrive_at_Skala_Sykamias_Lesvos_Greece_2.jpg. Accessed 14 June 2017.

Gibney, Mark, and Gil Loescher. Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook. 2nd ed., ABC-CLIO, 2010.

Kelley, Ninette. "Responding to a Refugee Influx: Lessons from Lebanon." Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5,

no. 1, 2017, p. 82. Global Issues in Context,

u=sain62671&xid=aaab1bef. Accessed 14 June 2017.

Knickmeyer, Ellen. "Israel to Block New Refugees from Darfur." Darfur, edited by Noah Berlatsky and Frank Chalk,

Greenhaven, 2015, pp. 39-43.

Koser, Khalid. "The Many Faces of Forced Migration." Refugees Worldwide, edited by Doreen Elliott and Uma A. Segal, vol.

1, Praeger, 2012, pp. 39-53. Gale Virtual Reference Library,

‚Äč&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CCX2787800012&asid=d3fb3815f6a876899d65ef047a31f475. Accessed 14 June 2017.

McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte. Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis. New York, New Press, 2016.

Murtaza, Naqsh. "The Harrowing Road to Asylum." New York Times, 22 Aug. 2015. Global Issues in Context, Accessed 14 June 2017.

"Refugees." Global Issues in Context, Gale, 2016,

u=sain62671&xid=21c9c142. Accessed 14 June 2017.

Scott, Margaret Loraine. "Conflict, Violence, and Terrorism: Health Impacts." Worldmark Global Health and Medicine Issues,

edited by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, vol. 1, Gale, 2016, pp. 110-17. Global Issues in Context, link.galegro Accessed 14 June 2017.

Thomas, Alice. Two Steps Back: Haiti Still Reeling from Hurricane Matthew. Apr. 2017. Refugees International,

iti.pdf. Accessed 14 June 2017.

 U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. 2017, Accessed 2 Aug. 2017.

"A Woman’s World for South Sudanese Refugees." BBC News, 13 June 2017,

Accessed 12 July 2017.

"Women and Girls." Refugees International, 2015, Accessed 14 June 2017.