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Sample Works Cited

You will cite your sources in two ways:

Internal Documentation - In the body of your paper, you will put the author's last name or article title in parenthesis.

Works Cited - The last page of the paper is called the Works Cited. Here, you will list all of the sources you cited in your paper.

There are videos and examples below that are mostly correct, but here's what a Works Cited entry should look like based on MLA 8/9 (8th and 9th edition):

Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Name of Website, Name of Publisher, date published, URL. Accessed


1. If there’s not a person’s name listed as the author, don’t put anything.

2. Use traditional capitalization rules for everything, no matter how the website does it.

3. Most websites do not have “.com” in their name. That’s the website address.

4. If the name of the website and the publisher are the same, just put the name of the website. For example, the New York Public Library’s page is called New York Public Library. A Works Cited entry would look like this

Burns, Shauntee. “Finding Wonder Women at the Library: Online Biographies and Encyclopedias.” New York Public Library, 2 Mar. 2016,

5. Remove the “https://” from the URL.

6. Putting the date of access is optional, but if you do include it (and many teachers like you to) use “Accessed” instead of “Date of Access:”

7. All dates should be written in the day date year format: 20 Nov. 2021.

8. Put a period at the end.

Works Cited Video

There are two problems with that video:

1. Do NOT put a blank line between "Works Cited" and the first entry and do not put a blank line between each entry.


2. It does not show HOW to set your word processor (Google Docs) to automatically do a hanging indent.

Sample Works Cited

Citing a Website for your Works Cited Page

Purdue University | OWL


Columbia College

University of Hawaii

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Each example below will open in a pop-up if you click it. The access date (which is the date YOU looked at the site and got your information) is optional, but some teaches require it. If you include it, write Accessed 11 Nov. 2021.

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