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Plagiarism Prevention & Citation Sources: MLA-Placement of the List of Works Cited

This Plagiarism LibGuide is developed to guide users in the use of specific citation styles and plagiarism prevention techniques.

Placement of the List of Works Cited

Placement of 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 (fig. 3). (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.

Fig. 3. The top of the first page of a works-cited list.
Fig. 3. The top of the first page of a works-cited list.