The Works Cited Page

The list of sources at the end of your paper may have different names depending on the style guide you use. You may be familiar with the term bibliography. A paper in MLA style will need a Works Cited page. Research papers in APA style require a list called References. Check your style guide and the help resources for more information.

  • APA - References
  • MLA - Works Cited

Regardless of what the list is called, the entries include all of the works (books, articles, Internet sites, etc.) you’ve quoted, paraphrased or otherwise used to create your paper. Let's look at a Works Cited page in MLA style as an example. Each entry is listed in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. This way, readers may learn where you found the information. For example, if you quoted a line from a novel called Buffalo Hill by James Baxter, then the citation information (author, title of work, publication information, year, etc.) about Buffalo Hill will be listed in your Works Cited page under Baxter, James.  

The format of each entry here is in MLA style. Notice that citations for different types of publications have different "rules of the road" for how they are structured. Journal articles, books, magazine articles, interviews, websites, and various other publications all have specific citation structures. Lillian Johnson's article is from issue number 5 of volume 41 of the Journal of Literature. Christine Parson's article is from a magazine, not a journal, so the citation is structured in a different way.


Works Cited

     Armstrong, Jack. “Never Let Me Down.” Journal of Important Topics 15.3 

          (2008): 9-12. Print.

     Baxter, James. Buffalo Hill. New York: Penguin, 2003. Print.

     Johnson, Lillian. “Delicate Balance: The Prose Works of Jeremiah Wayne.”  

          Journal of Literature 41.5 (2010): 143-155. Print.

     Miller, Christopher. "The Evolution of Waynesian Aesthetics." Literary Journal

          73.8 (2013): 37-59. JSTOR. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

     Parsons, Christine. "Jeremiah Wayne Breaks Free." New Yorker 15 Dec.

          2014: 22-35. Print.









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