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MLA 9 Works Cited Guide

Give credit where credit is due



Use this website for help in citing sources:  Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for MLA 9 


The purpose of a Works Cited or Bibliography is to show the information resources used in your report or project. This list is put on a separate page at the end of the report, paper or project.


  • MLA 8 is acceptable in place of MLA 9.  


  • Keep track of the sources you use as you do your research. Make sure you have all the publication information for each source you used.  


  • Use the Google Docs Tools - Citations.  Fill-in the form.  It will format the citation for you.  Very cool!  


  • Alphabetize entries by author’s last name or, if there is not author, by the first significant word in the title. (Use the second word if the title begins with a, an or the.)


  • Begin each entry at the far left margin. If an entry runs more than one line, indent all other lines one-half inch (or five spaces) from the left margin. This is called a hanging indent when you are formatting. 


  • Double space within and between entries in your Works Cited/Bibliography list.


  • Use a legible font: Times New Roman in 12 pt.


  • Unless your teacher tells you otherwise, the new recommendation is to leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.


  • Website URLs should not include http:// or https://.  Once you delete that part, your URL may look like one of these examples:




  • Capitalize each significant word in all titles.


  • Be sure to use the correct punctuation within the citation: spacing, italics, capitals, periods, commas, colons and abbreviations.


  • Another helpful hint:  If you are using a subscription database such as World Book Online or Infotrac, they will provide the citation for you.   Note – some databases are not completely consistent with MLA 9 formatting.  All citations should be formatted the same.