MLA Works Cited

MLA List of Works Cited

  1. Print sources
    1. Single author
    2. Two authors
    3. Three or more authors
    4. One selection from an anthology or textbook
    5. Author with editor or translator
  2. Web sources
    1. News article
    2. Article from an online journal
    3. Article from an online journal found in a database
    4. Web site with author or editor
    5. Web site with an organization as author
    6. Web site with no author
    7. Web site with no title
  3. Sample works cited page

Your list of works cited, which you will place at the end of your paper, guides readers to the sources you have quoted, summarized, and paraphrased. Here are some examples of common sources and their respective citations:


 Single author:
Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, Harper Perennial, 2006.

Two authors:
Lakoff, George, and Mark Johnson. Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Three or more authors:
Zumeta, William, et al. Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization. Harvard Education Press, 2012.

One selection from anthology or textbook:
Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, edited by Samuel Cohen, Bedford/St. Martins, 2016, pp. 47-61.

 Author with editor or translator:
Ullman, Regina. The Country Road: Stories. Edited by Kurt Beals, New Directions Publishing, 2015.


 News article:
Didion, Joan. “Why I Write.” The New York Times, 5 Dec. 1976,

Article from online journal:
Butler, Janine. “Where Access Meets Multimodality: The Case of ASL Music Videos.” Kairos, vol. 21, no. 1, Fall 2016,

Article from online journal found in a database:
Maier, Jessica, “A True Likeness’: The Renaissance City Portrait.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol.65, no. 3, Fall 2012, pp. 711-24. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1086/668300.

Web site with author or editor:
Railton, Stephen. Mark Twain in His Times. University of Virginia Library, 2012,

Web site with organization as author:
Transparency International. Transparency International: The Global Coalition against Corruption, 2015,

Web site with no author:
The Newton Project. U of Sussex, 2016,

 Web site with no title:
Bae, Rebecca. Home page. Iowa State U, 2015,


Sample Works Cited


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