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MLA Citation Guide

About the works cited list

"Works Cited" is a list of all of the works cited within a paper.  It appears at the end of the paper.

  • title the list Works Cited
  • order the list alphabetically, and in doing so:
    • ignore spaces and punctuation
    • ignore articles (A, An, The or equivalent)
  • double space the list
  • use a hanging indent to indent subsequent lines of an entry
  • use three hyphens in place of the author’s name when listing multiple works by an author

See sections 1.6 and 5.123-5.132 of the MLA Handbook for more information.

Sample works cited list

Works Cited

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel. Art & adaptation by Renée Nault, McClelland & Stewart, 2019.

———. The Testaments. McClelland & Stewart, 2019.

Charon, Rita, et al. The Principles and Practices of Narrative Medicine. Oxford UP, 2017.

Goldman, Anne. “Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante.” The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, spring 2010, pp. 69-88. JSTOR,

MLA Handbook. 9th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2021.

“Postmodernism.” The Oxford Companion to English Literature, edited by Margaret Drabble, 6th ed., Oxford UP, 2000, p. 806.

Robinson, Eden. “Queen of the North.” The Penguin Anthology of Stories by Canadian Women, edited by Denise Chong, Penguin, 1998, pp. 130-156.

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming. Directed by Ann Marie Fleming, Stickgirl Productions / National Film Board of Canada, 2016. NFB,

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