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MLA Style Guide, 8th ed.

This guide provides tips and examples for MLA style formatting of papers and citations.

Works Cited List

For every source that you use in your project, you must include a full citation in a list of works cited. Here are instructions for compiling your works cited list and for structuring each citation. Click the teal menu buttons to see examples of citations for different types of sources.

  • The list of works cited should be located at the end of your paper.
  • The list should begin on a new page with the title, Works Cited, centered at the top of the page.
  • The works should be arranged in alphabetical order based on the first part of the citation (usually the author’s last name).
  • The list should be double-spaced.
  • For citations longer than one line, the second and all subsequent lines should have a hanging indent of one inch from the margin.

Hanging Indents

Most citation styles ask that you list sources with a "hanging indent." This means that the first line is in line with the margin and all other subsequent lines are indented. It makes it easier for your reader to see where each citation begins and ends.

Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner of the "Paragraph" from the menu at top
  2. In the middle "Indentation" panel under "Special:" select "hanging" from the drop-down menu
  3. Click OK

Screen shot of word showing step one above.


Screen shot of Word showing steps 2-3 above.

Hanging Indent in Google Documents

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. On the ruler at the top of the page, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right five spaces. You will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) will come along for the ride and the entire citation will move to the right.
  2. Drag that First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) back to the left margin. It should move independently of the triangle and will create your hanging indent.

Screen shot of Google Doc showing steps 1-2 described above.

Hanging Indent in Macintosh Pages

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. Click "View" in the top menu - then "Show Ruler"
  2. On the ruler at the top of the page, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right five spaces. You will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) will come along for the ride and the entire citation will move to the right.
  3. Drag that First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) back to the left margin. It should move independently of the triangle and will create your hanging indent.