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MLA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.

Works Cited Page: General Formatting Rules

  • Your works cited entries should start on a new page with the words, "Works Cited" centered at the top.
  • Each resource cited in your paper should be represented in the works cited list (with some exceptions)
  • Text should be 12 pt. easily readable font (e.g. Times New Roman)
  • References should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author
  • References which wrap to two or more lines should have the subsequent lines indented one tab space, a.k.a., the hanging indent
  • Double-space the works cited page
  • The works cited page will have the same running head as the rest of the paper
  • The page numbers will continue from the previous section