When writing a research paper, citing the sources is very important so as to avoid plagiarism. Citing sources are also a way to make the author’s point more valid and more credible. However, there are many ways of citing a source, and one of the most common ways of citing is the MLA style. Only the MLA formatting style uses a work cited page to list the cited authors and their corresponding details.

Writing a work cited page can be difficult most especially when a person is not familiar with the MLA style. Nevertheless, MLA formatting style has rules on how to write a work cited page. Like all citation style, before including an idea into the paper, make sure to get the author’s name and the page number to create a proper parenthetical citation. Only the ideas with parenthetical citation are to be listed in the work cited list. Writing a work cited page with different kind of sources can be tricky.

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Listed here are the different types of publications and how should it be cited:

  • Book with one author
  • Name of the author (surname, given name)
  • Title of the book which are italicized or underlined
  • Place of publication, publisher and the year published
  • Book with two authors
  • Name of the authors (surname, given name and given name surname ) e.g. (Mills,
  • Henry and Regina Fuller)
  • Title of the book which are italicized or underlined
  • Place of publication, publisher and the year published
  • Magazine, a newspaper or any periodicals
  • Name of the author (surname, given name)
  • Title of the article enclosed in quotation marks
  • Name of the periodical or magazine
  • Date of publication and page number
  • Interviews, whether unpublished or not
  • Name of the author (surname, given name)
  • Interview title, enclosed in quotation marks
  • Location where the interview happened
  • Date of the interview
  • Encyclopedia and CD sources
  • Name of the author (surname, given name)
  • Title of the article enclosed in quotation marks
  • Title of the product which are italicized or underlined
  • Version or edition of the source
  • Indicate CD-ROM if applicable
  • Place of publication, publisher and publication date e.g. (New York: Mills and sons,1988)
  • Internet sources
  • Name of the author of available (surname, given name)
  • Title of the article enclosed in quotation marks
  • Whole URL of the article enclosed in angle brackets
  • Date visited

Writing a work cited page can be difficult, so make sure to follow the guidelines when writing the work cited list. Also, when writing the lists of authors always indent the second line and maintain a double spacing.