How to prepare the works cited page for the research essay using MLA style
  1. The works cited is a list of the works that you have used to compile the paper.
  2. Every source that has been quoted, paraphrased, or summarized should be included in this list. Do not include works that you have not used in the paper.  For each entry listed in the works cited page there should be a matching citation in the essay.
  3. Write "Works Cited" in the center after leaving one inch margin on top.
  4. Double space evenly throughout the entire page.
  5. Entries should be in alphabetical order by author or title (if author's name is unknown).
  6. If an entry is longer than one line, indent five spaces at the beginning of consecutive lines.
  7. Underline titles of books and periodicals. Use quotation marks with titles of shorter works.
Works Cited 

For an article from a magazine, list the author's last name, followed by the first name.  The title of the article follows in quotation marks, the title of the periodical is underlined and followed by the date of publication and the pages where the article appears in the magazine.

Brown, Corie and Laura Shapiro.  "Woman Warrior." Newsweek  8 June 

     1998: 64.

For a book list the last name of the author followed by the last name, the title of the book in italics or underlined, the place of publication followed by a colon, the publishing company and finally the year of publication, like in the example that follows:

Chang, Kang-i Sun. The Evolution of Chinese tz'u Poetry.  Princeton: 

Princeton University Press, 1980. 


To list a web site, use the author's last name if available, followed by the first name, the title of the page in quotation marks, and the copyright date that you should find at the bottom of the page. The date that you accessed the information should follow, and finally the URL or internet address inside angle brackets.

Kuo, Angela. "Books about Mulan."  1998. 6 July 1998 

          <http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/5082/books.html> 

To see the paper that used citations from those sources, go to Mulan, The Chinese Woman Warrior