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The Research Process: How to Format Your Works Cited Page

A tutorial on doing research that gets the results you want.

Formatting Guidelines

How to Format Your Works Cited Page

  • Include your last name and the page number in the upper right corner - use "header/footer" feature in MS Word.
  • Below your name, centered at the top, type: Works Cited. Do not make bold. Make sure to capitalize exactly as shown.
  • Page must be double-spaced throughout!
  • First line of each citation is flush with the left margin. Any lines within the same citation after the first line, must be indented 5 spaces (one tab). This is called a hanging indent.
  • Alphabetize citations by first word in citation. Titles beginning with The, A, or An are alphabetized as though the The, A, or An had been omitted. See Works Cited example.
  • Use International Dating System for all dates within citations: Day Month Year. Example: 5 Aug. 2009 instead of August 5, 2009.
  • No Underlining. MLA requires italicizing titles of independently published works (books, magazines, journals, films, etc).

"How to Format" information, originally authored by Professor A. Smith, Retired, Johnson & Wales University, Providence Campus

Works Cited Page Example

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Works Cited

Axelrod, Rise B., et al. St. Martin's Guide to Writing with 2009 MLA Update. 8th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009. 

Bourdain, Anthony. "An Evening with Travel Channel’s Culinary Adventurer and Best-Selling Author Anthony

           Bourdain." Adrienne Arsht Center’s Celebrity Chef Series, 14 Nov. 2008, Adrienne Arsht Center

           for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Campus Safety & Security: Providence Campus. Johnson & Wales University, 2009. 

Child, Julia. "Julia Child Interview Part 1 of 6." Archive of American Television. Academy of Television

           Arts & Sciences Foundation, 25 June 1999. YouTube,

Collins, Jim. "Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve." Harvard Business Review, vol. 83, no. 7/8, Jul.-Aug. 2005, pp. 136-146. Business Source Complete,

Dave Matthews Band. "Everyday." Everyday, BMG Entertainment, 2001.

Frank, Erika. Personal interview. 12 Aug. 2009.

Grunden, Naida. The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using

            Toyota-based Methods. Healthcare Performance Press, 2008.

"Obama Calls For Overhaul of U.S. Health Care System." CNN, 5 March 2009,


Meckler, Laura, and Greg Hitt."U.S. News: Obama Open to Health Overhaul Without Public Plan." Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition, 24 June 2009. ProQuest,

Somerville, Richard C.J. The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change. University of California Press, 1998. eBook Academic Collection, EBSCOhost,

Tedford, Deborah. "In New Hampshire, Obama Defends Health Care Plan." NPR, 11 Aug. 2009,