Arrange entries in alphabetical order by the first term in each entry (the first author’s last name or the title of the work when there is no author).
Use hanging indention for each entry. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; indent all subsequent lines one-half inch.
Citations beginning with names and those beginning with titles are to be alphabetized together. Numbers in titles are treated as though they have been spelled out. For names, alphabetize based on the letters that come before the comma separating the last name from the first, and disregard any spaces or other punctuation in the last name. For titles, ignore articles such as “a” and “the” (and equivalents in other languages) for alphabetization purposes.
In MLA style, the works-cited page is double spaced, with the same spacing within and between citations.
In Chicago style, the works-cited page should be double-spaced, with the same spacing within and between citations.
For full guidance, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style Online (access for UNC affiliates via Onyen login).
Kuo, Angela. “Books about Mulan.” 1998. 6 July 1998
Chang, Kang-i Sun. The Evolution of Chinese tz’u Poetry. Princeton:
Placement and Formatting the List of Works Cited
The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, after any endnotes. Begin the list on a new page. The list contains the same running head as the main text. The page numbering in the running head continues uninterrupted throughout. For example, if the text of your research paper (including any endnotes) ends on page 10, the works-cited list begins on page 11. Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page. (If the list contains only one entry, make the heading Work Cited.) Double-space between the title and the first entry. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; if an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines half an inch from the left margin. This format is sometimes called hanging indention, and you can set your writing program to create it automatically for a group of paragraphs. Hanging indention makes alphabetical lists easier to use. Double-space the entire list. Continue it on as many pages as necessary.
When writing a research paper in MLA style, you need to list all your sources (cited as indicated in the examples above) in a Works Cited page that goes at the end of the paper.
“Works Cited” should appear as the heading at the top of the page. Each entry starts at the left margin and each subsequent line, if any, should be indented one half inch or 5 spaces. Double space the entire list and first, last, and all principal words of titles should be capitalized. Follow the example below: