25 List of Sources MLA Style: Works Cited

MLA: Works Cited

In an MLA paper, the sources are listed at the end of the paper on the Works Cited page. Sources should be in alphabetical order by author’s last name or the title if there is no author.

The formatting for Works Cited entries generally follows this pattern:

Author. Title of Source. Title of Container (self contained if a book), Other contributors (translators or editors), Version (edition), Number (vol. and/or no.), Publisher, Publication date, Location (pages, paragraphs, URL, or DOI). 2nd container’s title, other contributors, version, number, publisher, publication date, location, date of access (if applicable).

A “container” is a larger work that a source is found within. For example, when citing a chapter in a book, the name of the chapter would be the title of the source and the name of the book would be the title of the container. Another example might be a page on a website. The page is the source, and the website is the container. An article in a newspaper would be the source, and the newspaper would be the container.

Since the items needed for each source doesn’t change, citing every type of source is the same. If one of the items needed is missing or doesn’t exist, just skip it.




Source Type Example Citation
Book Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. Penguin, 1987.
Short Story/Article from a Book Cisneros, Sandra. “Eleven.” Exploring Literature Writing and Arguing About Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay, edited by Frank Madden, Longman, 2016, pp. 26-28.


Article from a Magazine Sanders, Scott Russell. “Under the Influence: Paying the Price of My Father’s Booze.” Harper’s, Nov. 1989, pp. 68-75.
Article from a database Solomon, Diana. “Anne Finch, Restoration Playwright.” Trudeau, Lawrence J. Poetry Criticism, vol. 156, Gale, 2014. Literature Criticism Online, https://link-galegroup-com.proxy.yc.edu/apps/doc/PQUTEO549578763/LCO?u=yava&sid=LCO&xid=df2c7f9f. Accessed 10 Apr. 2019. Originally published in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 30, no. 1, 2011, pp. 37-56.
Entire Website “Castles in Medieval Times.” yourchildlearns.com. 2000. Owl and Mouse Educational Software. 9 March 2003. <http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle_history.htm (Links to an external site.)>. Accessed July 29, 2011.
Article/Blog post on a Website. Morin, Amy. “Mom Am I Fat?: Helping Your Teen Have a Positive Body Image.” Verywell Family, About Inc., 18 Jan. 2019, www.verywellfamily.com/media-and-teens-body-image. Accessed 12 May 2019.

Piercy, Marge. “Barbie Doll.” Poem Hunter, C. Ekrem Teymur, 6 June 2011,

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/barbie-doll/. Accessed 3 Sept. 2019.


A Film The Empire Strikes Back.Dir. George Lucas. Perf. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher. Twentieth Century Fox, 1980.
YouTube Video McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdzy9bWW3E.
Yelp/Social Media Posts B., Elizabeth. “Olsen’s Grain.” Yelp, 10/4/16. https://www.yelp.com/biz/olsens-grain-prescott?hrid=HjFTGmfTuS6rvsmVpTNZfQ&utm_campaign=www_review_share_ popup&utm_medium =copy_link&utm_source=(direct). Accessed 10/10/16.

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Sample Works Cited


Sample Works Cited page
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