MLA Works Cited Page

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Welcome to EasyBib.com’s Guide to MLA Works Cited Pages! This guide serves as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about creating an authentic MLA works cited page.


Citing Sources in MLA

When students and scholars create a research paper, they seek out information in books, websites, journal articles, and many other types of sources. The information from these sources, combined with the scholar’s own thinking and knowledge, aid in the formation of a final project.

However, simply placing information from books, websites, journal articles, newspaper articles, and other source types into a project without a reference is not acceptable. Without a reference or citation, it’ll look like the paper’s author came up with everything themself!

That means it’s necessary to call out when information is included from outside sources and originated elsewhere.


Bibliography vs. Works cited – What’s the difference?

Quite often, the two terms are used interchangeably. While similar, they have some unique differences.


Another commonly used reference style is APA. If your teacher or professor requests your references be made in APA citation style, check out this page on APA format.

Here’s more information on how to develop an MLA in-text citation and APA in-text citation.


Formatting the MLA works cited page

The reference page is the final page of a research paper and starts on its very own page.

If your project isn’t an actual research paper, but a slideshow, video, or another type of project, follow the same guidelines as above. Place the works cited list on the final slide, page, or screen of the project.

While an APA reference page is very different from a Modern Language Association style works cited, note that  APA bibliography pages also use double spacing throughout and 1 inch margins.


Heading & title format in MLA

This next section focuses on how to properly label and format the page numbers and title.

If you’re reading through this page, but have yet to determine your research paper topic, look no further! We have thorough guides on historical individuals to rev up your brainstorming engine! Check out our guides on Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali, and Marilyn Monroe.


Organizing the references in the MLA works cited list


Formatting Author Names in MLA

If you need help structuring or formatting the author’s name (or multiple authors’ names) in your references, this section will help.

Formatting Author’s Names in Other Languages

Many names in languages other than English include conventions and features that are different from names in English. This next section provides information to help you properly structure and organize the names of authors in other languages. It follows rules from section 1.1.4 in the official Handbook.

Title rules


Developing MLA references on EasyBib.com

EasyBib.com has an MLA works cited generator, which helps you produce references . This means you don’t have to spend time determining how to structure and organize the components of a citation.

To create your complete page of works cited in MLA with our tools, head to the EasyBib homepage.


MLA Works Cited

“Formatting a Research Paper.” MLA Style Center, Modern Language Association of America, style.mla.org/formatting-papers/.

MLA Handbook. 8th ed, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.


Published October 16, 2013. Updated March 5, 2020.

Written and edited by Michele Kirschenbaum and Elise Barbeau. Michele Kirschenbaum is a school library media specialist and the in-house librarian at EasyBib.com. Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing.


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What is the basic format of an MLA works cited page?
  • Align the title to the center of the document
  • Add a one-inch margin below the top edge of the paper
  • Do not bold, italicize, or underline the title
  • The title should be the same size and style as the rest of the document (12-point font)/li>
  • Place a double space between the title and the first citation on the page
Do I italicize titles in the MLA works cited page?

If the title stands alone, place the title in italics. If the title was found in a container, such as a website, anthology, edited book, or another type of container, place the source in quotation marks and the container in italics.

According to Section 1.2 of the Handbook, titles should be written in title case format. Any coordinating conjunctions (and, for, but, or, so, nor, and yet), articles (a, an, the), and prepositions in the title are not capitalized.

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Wizard of Oz
How do I cite a source if the author has suffixes in MLA?

If an author has a suffix in his or her name, the last name is displayed in the first position followed by a comma, the first name, and the middle name. After the first and middle names, a comma is placed, and the suffix of the individual is placed at the end.

Cal Ripken Jr. would be structured as

  • Ripken, Cal, Jr.

Author with roman numeral suffix would be structured as

  • William, Frederick, III.
How do I cite a source if the author has a middle name/initial in MLA?
  • Burroughs, William S.
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Alcott, Louisa May.