MLA Citation Basics
Works Cited Page
The Works Cited Page lists all of the sources that you used in your paper. They are listed in alphabetical order.
The format of the citation depends on what kind of resource it is (book, website, article...) However, all citations give information about the source that allows someone else to find it in a library or on the Internet. This information includes:
- the author(s)
- the title of the work
- date of publication
- medium of publication (print, Web...)
- Website URL
In-text citations in MLA are called parenthetical citations because they are placed in the body of the text in parentheses ( ). The basic format is
(Author Last Name Page Number).
Example: (Maynes 103)
The in-text citation directs the reader to the corresponding full citation in the works cited page.
If there is no author, use a short version of the title instead of an author name. Place the title in quotation marks.
Parts of a Citation
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- How to Cite Books
- How to Cite Articles from Magazines, Journals and Newspapers
- How to Cite Websites and other Electronic Resources