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6.4: Works Cited Guidelines and Example

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    • A Works Cited is an alphabetized list of texts you have analyzed, quoted, summarized, or paraphrased in your essay. The Works Cited appears at the end of your paper and gives publication information for each of the sources you have cited in the paper.
    • In text-based writing, you will always include a Works Cited listing the text you are analyzing. If you did not do additional outside research, your Works Cited will still list your primary text or texts.
    • Begin the list of works cited on a new page at the end of the paper.
    • Center the title Works Cited about one inch from the top of the page and double-space throughout.
    • All citations on the Works Cited are listed alphabetically according to the last name of the author.
    • If a work has no author, alphabetize by the first word of the title (ignoring “A,” “An,” or “The” at the beginning of the title).
    • Indenting—do not indent the first line of each works cited entry, but indent any additional lines one-half inch. This technique highlights the names of the authors, making it easy for readers to scan the alphabetized list along the left margin.
    • If your list includes two or more works by the same author, use the author’s name for the first entry only. For subsequent entries, use three hyphens followed by a period. List the titles in alphabetical order.
    • The format of the source information will vary depending on if the source is a book, a website, an article, etc. For the proper format by type, visit:
    • You can use sites like this one to properly format citations for you:
    Example of Works Cited

    Works Cited

    Addonizio, Kim. “Affair.” Hunger and Thirst: Food Literature. Ed. Nancy Cary. San Diego: City

    Works Press, 2008. 235-236. Print.

    Ahmedi, Fauzia Erfan. "Welcoming Courtyards: Hospitality, Spirituality, and Gender." Feminism and

    Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship. 3rd ed. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2010.

    109-24. Print.

    "Business: The Economy and Global Warming." The Economist 29 May 2012: 82. Print.

    Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.

    Murphy, Beth. “How to Dance the Macarena.” Youtube. Youtube, 7 Sept. 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.

    Nasar, Sylvia. "Manifold Destiny." The New Yorker Conde Nast Digital, 28 Aug. 2006. Web. 30 Mar.


    Poiger, Uta G. "Rock 'n' Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities."

    The Journal of Modern History 68.3 (1996): 577. JSTOR. Web. 2 Jan. 2013.

    Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin,

    2007. Print.

    Titanic. Dir. James Cameron. Perf. Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslett, Billy Zane. 20th Century Fox.

    1998. DVD.

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