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MLA Help: Works Cited Page Examples

Works Cited page basics

The first thing you want to figure out when you are creating a Works Cited page entry is what type of material you are referencing. Depending on what your item is, the entry will look slightly different. Some different types of material you might be citing include a book, a journal article, a webpage on a website, a chapter in a book, an entry in a dictionary or encyclopedia, or a video. Of course, there are many more.

Once you've identified what type of source you have, take a look at this page to see a layout of how an entry for that type of source should look, and an example of a real citation of that type. If you need help figuring out what information should go where, check out the "Works Cited Visually" tab.

Some things to remember for your Works Cited Page:

  • Your Works Cited page will start on a new page at the end of your paper.
  • The words Works Cited should be at the top of the page centered and in the same font and size as the rest of the page. 
  • The citations should be in alphabetical order based on the first word of the citation. 
  • The page should be double spaced with no extra spaces between the entries.
  • The citations will have hanging indentation. Hanging indentation means that the first line of the citation is all the way to the left, and the rest of the lines of the citation are indented. You can think of this as opposite the way normal text is, where the first line of the paragraph is indented, and the rest of the text is flush to the left.
  • For indicating pages p. is used if it is an item with just one page and pp. is used if there is a page range. 

Book examples

Citing an entire book

Authorlastname, Firstname. Italicized Title: Subtitle if There is One. Publisher, Publication Date.

Damour, Lisa. Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Ballantine Books, 2019. 

Citing a work in an anthology, reference or collection

Authorlastname, Firstname. "Title of Essay." Italicized Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, pp. Page Range of Entry.

Klein, Ellen. "Space Exploration is a Moral Imperative." The Future of Space Exploration, edited by Avery Elizabeth Hurt, Greenhaven Publishing, 2019, pp. 93-102.

Citing a book with an organizational author (if the author and the publisher are the same, list the title first and just list it as the publisher.)

Organization Name. Italicized Title: Subtitle if There is One. Publisher, Publication Date. 

Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation. Employability Skills: Creating My Future. Nelson, 1996.

Citing an eBook from a library database

Authorlastname, Firstname. Title of Book: Subtitle if Any. Edition if Given and is Not First Edition, Publisher, Publication Date. Name of Library Database, DOI or URL.

Waldau, Paul. Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs To Know. Oxford University Press, 2010. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),


Article examples

Citing a journal article (can include a more specific date if available, like Jan. 2019 or Spring 2021).

Authorlastname, Firstname. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. Volume Number, no. Issue Number, Year, pp. Page Numbers. DOI (if available).

Hang, Weiqiang, and Timothy Banks. “Machine Learning Applied to Pack Classification.” International Journal of Market Research, vol. 61, no. 6, 2019, pp. 601–20.

Hickox, Stacy. “It’s Time to Rein in Employer Drug Testing.” Harvard Law & Policy Review, vol. 11, no. 2, 2017, pp. 419–62. 

Citing a journal article from a database

Authorlastname, Firstname. "Title of Article: Subtitle if Any." Title of Journal, vol. Volume Number, no. Issue Number, Year, pp. Page Numbers. Name of Database, DOI (if available). 

Häggström, Margaretha. “Being in the Forest—A Matter of Cultural Connections with a Natural Environment.” Plants, People, Planet, vol. 1, no. 3, 2019, pp. 221–32. Academic Search Complete,


Video examples

Citing a film or movie

Title of Movie. Contributor(s), Publisher/Production Company, Year of Release. 

The Menu. Directed by Mark Mylod, performances by Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, and Nicholas Hoult, Hyperobject Industries, 2022.

Website examples

Citing an entire website

Putting the date the website was accessed is not required but is encouraged, especially for websites that may change or if there isn't a date available. You can usually omit http:// or https:// from URLS. 

Authorlastname, Firstname. Italicized Title of Website. Name of Site/Organization, Date of Copyright or Last Update, URL. Date Accessed. 

Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003, Accessed 10 May 2006.

Citing a webpage

If the name of the publisher organization is the same as the title of the website then only include the title of the website. 

Authorlastname, Firstname. "Title of Page or Document." Title of Website, Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of Copyright or Date Last Modified/Updated, URL. Accessed Day Month Year Site Was Visited.

Peterson, Stacy M. "5 Ways to Bring Play Back into Your Life." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 13 Mar. 2021, Accessed 13 Jan. 2023. 

Citing a webpage with no author

If the site has no author, put the title of the webpage where the author would normally go.

"Title of Page or Document." Italicized Title of Website, Publisher Organization, Date of Copyright or Date Last Modified/Updated, URL. Accessed Day Month Year Site Was Visited.

"Birds: Living dinosaurs."  American Museum of Natural History, 15 Sept. 2017, Accessed 11 July 2018. 

Citing a webpage with no date

If the webpage you are using doesn't have a date, skip that section. It is recommended to add the date you accessed the item to the end of the citation.

"North American River Otters." National Wildlife Federation, Accessed 18 July 2022.