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How to Create a Works Cited Page

In addition to the parenthetical citations, information about your sources iis acknowledged at the end of the essay, in a Works Cited list. Every source you cited in your essay text must appear in the Works Cited. Sources that you have consulted but not cited are not included.

Follow these guidelines for your Works Cited list.

  • The Works Cited list should be on its own page. This page is numbered in sequence with the pages of the essay. (Occasionally, if your list is short, your professor may allow you to put the Works Cited list on the last page of your essay, four to six spaces down from your last paragraph. This only works if the entire list will fit on the last page. Get your instructor's permission before doing this.)
  • The title, Works Cited, or occasionally, Work Cited, is centred. The title does not have to put in bold, italics, or underlined.
  • The entire list is double-spaced (or in 1.5, if that is what you are using throughout the essay).
  • Each entry is in a format called a "hanging-indent." This means the first line of each entry is flush with the left margin but any subsequent lines are indented five-seven spaces or one Tab.
  • Arrange the entries in alphabetical order by the author's last name. If the author is unknown, alphabetize by the title, ignoring the articles, "A"," An", and "The".
  • If two or more works by the same author are to be listed, alphabetize the works by title, then give the author's name in the first entry. For additional entries, type three unspaced hyphens and a period instead of the author's name; leave one space and type the title.

   

Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. William Shakespeare:

      The Complete Works, edited by Alfred Harbage, Penguin, 1969,

      pp. 930-76.

---. Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works,

 

     pp.1000-1051.

 
 

    

  • Note that in the above example, both plays were from the same anthology. To avoid unnecessary repetition in the Works Cited, the first entry is complete, but the second one cross-references the first. In the second entry, enough information (the title of the anthology) is given so it is clear Julius Caesar came from the same anthology as Antony and Cleopatra. The rest of the information can then be skipped in the second entry, with only the page range of Julius Caesar added.

 

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