The MLA style is one of the well-known formats that is used widely in colleges and universities. Like the APA style, its main purpose is to help scholars organize their references properly. Moreover, it improves credibility and allows readers to find the necessary information themselves.
MLA Works Cited page: what is it?
The MLA style requires a Works Cited page where you collect the references to all works you mentioned in your research. The Works Cited page is always arranged at the end of your text. The Works Cited list mustn’t include anything unnecessary: all the references should represent only the works cited in your paper.
How to arrange a Works Cited page in the MLA style
Here is a brief guide to help you create the Works Cited page correctly and at ease. The most important steps are:
- Start with a separate page when you are organizing the Works Cited list.
- The words “Works Cited” should be typed and centered on the top of the page, but don’t italicize them. Also, don’t use quote marks to highlight the words.
- All references should be double-spaced.
- If you’re using an article or a book that was originally published but you found it in an online database, arrange this citation as if you are referring to a web source. It means you should use italics to write the database title.
- Indicate page numbers of sources if necessary. For example, if you want to cite an article that was printed on pages 455 through 465, write down the page numbers as pp. 455-65.
- Use Title Case when you are writing the titles of articles and books. However, not all words should be capitalized. Don’t use Title Case for prepositions, conjunctions, and articles. Yet, if it is the first word of the title, you should capitalize it anyway.
How to arrange the authors’ names in MLA
All the references should be listed in alphabetical order, using the author’s surname. In other words, author names should be written with the surname first, then the first name.