Creating a Works Cited Page
Objective: To accurately document all source information cited in the literary criticism paper using the standard MLA style Works Cited page.
As you draft your literary criticism paper, you must be sure to document all of your sources (the various books, encyclopedias, articles, and websites you use in your paper). These sources, including your primary source, must be cited on your Works Cited page.
Each type of source must be documented differently. When you are photocopying or checking out your source from the library, make sure you write down all the appropriate information about your source. If you are using a book for your source, it is generally a good idea to photocopy both the title page and copyright information so you have it for your reference.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Do not number entries; simply order them by author’s last name.
- The Works Cited page should be double spaced.
- The title “Works Cited” should be centered at the top of the page, in regular font. It should NOT be underlined, bold-faced, italicized, in quotation marks, etc.
- You must include your primary source novel on your Works Cited page.
Following is an overview that clearly states the information you will need to gather to accurately cite each source, as well as the correct format in which to type it. No matter what sources are used, your Works Cited page should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.
*Please note: if you choose to use a citation maker function, double-check the formatting to make sure it is correct!*
MLA Citation Guidelines (Check back soon for an updated document! – Dec 2013)