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MLA 8 Bibliography & Works Cited Guides

Online MLA 8 Citing Help!!

Check out these web sites - excellent online tools that will help you cite your information source!




Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for MLA 8

Preparing a Bibliography or Works Cited

A Guide to Preparing a MLA 8  Bibliography or Works Cited

The purpose of a Works Cited or Bibliography is to show the information resources used in your report or project. This list is put on a separate page at the end of the report, paper or project.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: a record of all information sources you used for your paper, but did not necessarily cite in the body of the paper.

WORKS CITED: a list of all sources that you actually parenthetically cited in the body of your paper. 

Check with your teacher for the preferred terminology!  Some teachers use the terminology "Works Cited" for both a bibliography and a works cited page.

  • Keep track of the sources you use as you do your research. Make sure you have all the publication information for each source you used.  


  • Use the Citation Builder Tool Easy Bib  It will format the citation for you.  Very cool!  Go to the page, select the source you are using, click on MLA 8 and fill in the appropriate information you have collected during your research process. 


  • Alphabetize entries by author’s last name or if none, by the first significant word in the title. (Use the second word if the title begins with a, an or the.)


  • Begin each entry at the far left margin. If an entry runs more than one line, indent all other lines one-half inch (or five spaces) from the left margin. This is called a hanging indent when you are formating. 


  • Double space within and between entries in your Works Cited/Bibliography list.


  • Use a legible font: Times New Roman in 12 pt.


  • Unless your teacher tells you otherwise, the new recommendation is to leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.


  • You may notice that MLA 8 no longer requires URL'S when citing items from the Internet.  However, most Stanley teachers do require the URL.  Check with your teacher ...  If it is required, the URL goes in brackets at the end of the citation.  <   >


  • Capitalize each significant word in all titles.


  • Be sure to use the correct punctuation within the citation. (spacing, italics, capitals, periods, commas, colons and abbreviations)


  • Another helpful hint:  If you are using a subscription database such as World Book Online or Infotrac, they will provide the citation for you.   Note – some databases are not completely consistent with MLA 8 formating.  Be aware of this!