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Creating MLA Works Cited Pages

When creating your Reference page in MLA, be aware that:
  • The Works Cited page should be a separate page attached to the end of your paper.
  • The title - Works Cited should be centered at the top of the page.
  • The margins should be set at 1 inch.
  • Paste your citations in alphabetical order on the page.
  • The citations should be aligned left and double-spaced.
  • All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. This is called hanging indentation.

For more information check out this MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format page from Purdue OWL.

Here's an example of an MLA formatted Works Cited page

example of a works cited page

Some Common Problems to Look For

Most databases do a great job with formatting citations, however, there may be times when you will have to clean up your Works Cited page. Here are a few things to look for.

Capitalization - Make sure names and titles are not in all-caps.

example of a citation with all caps


How do I create a hanging indent? Instructions for Google Docs - Instructions for Microsoft Word

picture of a hanging indent