Download this 8th ed. MLA-formatted Microsoft Word, Google Document, or Pages template. Save it, erase the existing text, and type your text right into the template. Learn how to format a paper in MLA format by reading the contents of the template. The Works Cited page has been formatted with hanging indents.
The final page of your paper, called a Works Cited page, lists complete citations for every piece of information you referred to earlier in your paper. Create a Works Cited entry by identifying the core elements (e.g., author, title, date) of a resource. Then, put them together in a consistent manner as laid out by the MLA Practice Template, linked below. Using the MLA Practice Template, you can build a citation for any type of resource - from YouTube videos to books to tweets to magazine articles!
Sample Work Cited Entries
|Book||Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.|
|Article #1 (with DOI)||Winham, Donna M. and Andrea M. Hutchins. "Perceptions of Flatulence from Bean Consumption among Adults in 3 Feeding Studies." Nutrition Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, 2011, pp. 128-136. Academic Search Premier, doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-128.|
|Kerns, Nancy. "Twice as Nice?" Whole Dog Journal, vol. 9, no. 6, 2016, p. 2. Academic OneFile, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&u=clackamasccl&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA454620726&it=r&asid=500aee1907fe7335ef4f8aeec9dd598f.|
|Website #1||MLA Style Center. “Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty.” style.mla.org/plagiarism-and-academic-dishonesty. Accessed 04 October 2016.|
|Website #2||Adewunmi, Bim. "Solange’s New Album Contemplates Black Life’s Contradictions." BuzzFeed News Reader, 03 Oct. 2016, www.buzzfeed.com/bimadewunmi/solanges-new-album-contemplates-black-lifes-contradictions/.|
DOI Numbers and Permanent URLs MLA 8 requires you to include DOI numbers for information sources as a “9. Location” element. DOI stands for digital object identifier. The purpose of a DOI number is to make items more easily retrievable. DOIs are typically assigned to scholarly journal articles, though assigning them is optional so they are not always available. DOI numbers typically look like: 10.1186/s13028 If you cannot find a DOI number, then include a permanent URL to the item. Permanent URL links – also called persistent links or stable URLs - are available in every item’s individual database record. They are not the URLs in the address bar at the top of the webpage.
Example: Winham, Donna M. and Andrea M. Hutchins. "Perceptions of Flatulence from Bean Consumption among Adults in 3 Feeding Studies." Nutrition Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, 2011, pp. 128-136. Academic Search Premier, doi:10.1186/1475-2891.
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