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MLA citations

General Guidelines

  • Works Cited appears as the title on the top of the page, centered
  • Spacing: Double-space citations; do not add an extra space in between each citation
  • Indent: After the first line of the citation, indent each line 1/2" thereafter. This is called a Hanging Indent.
  • Page number abbreviations: When referring to one page, use p.  When referring to a range of pages, use pp.
  • Punctuation: All entries end with a period.
  • Order: Entries are listed alphabetically by author last name. Works without an author are alphabetized by title of the work.


Hanging Indents

In Microsoft Word:

  1. From the Home tab, click the small arrow for Paragraph Settings.
  2. In the Indentation section of the box that appears: from the Special drop-down box, click Hanging.
  3. Click Ok.

In Google Docs:

  1. From the Format menu, click Align & Indent. Then click Indentation Options.
  2. From the Special Indent drop-down list, click Hanging.
  3. Click Apply.