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Preparing Works Cited and Bibliographic Citations

A works cited page is a list of only the sources cited in the text of your paper. A bibliography is a list of all the sources consulted during your research. The two most commonly required formats for bibliographic citation are MLA and APA. Below are examples of each, using the same source to exemplify the differences. We use MLA at Pentucket.

MLA (Modern Language Association)
Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. Grove/Atlantic Press, 1998. Print.

APA (American Psychological Association)
Anderson, J. (1998). Che Guevara:Revolutionary Life. New York, NY: Grove/Atlantic. Print. 

Below are examples of the most commonly used sources. If you require a citation for some other type of material (i.e. music, interview, lecture, film), then use an online citation generator like Easybib or Citation Machine ; on the right side of the list of sources click "More." If you choose to use an online citation generator, however, remember they are only as good as the information input, and it is still your responsibility to make sure the citation is correct.

Use this EasyBib video tutorial to familiarize yourself with this tool. 

Below you can find a Quick Reference for Creating the 5 most common citations for a  Bibliography or Works Cited Page in the MLA style.

MLA, Print Book one-author

Bennett, Betty. Shelley: Poet and Legislator of the World. John Hopkins University Press, 1995. Print.

MLA, Book two authors

Wordsworth, William and Seamus Heaney. The Essential Wordsworth. BBS Publishing, 1993. Print.

MLA, E-Book

Davenport, John. The Bolshevik Revolution. Chelsea House Publishers, 2010. EBSCO E-Book. 

MLA, Article from database (*Use the "Cite tool" in the Databases to get this citation*)


Izenberg, Gerald N. "Romanticism in Literature and Politics." New Dictionary of the History of Ideas,

edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz, vol. 5, Charles

Scribner's Sons, 2005, pp. 2138-2144. Gale In Context: U.S. History,

u=mlin_n_pentuck&sid=UHIC&xid=83276368. Accessed 23 Mar. 2020.


MLA, Website

Pridmore, Jan. "John Keats." Literary History. 1998.


Setting up the Page:

* Works Cited and Bibliographies are on a separate page at the end of your paper 

* The page has a title

* Works Cited pages and Bibliographies are always in alphabetical order by first letter of each citation.

      If the first word of the citation is "The," "A," or

      "An," then ignore these and use the first letter of the 2nd word to alphabetize. If the citation

      begins with a number, place the whole citation before the

      "A's." in the list. 

*Indenting: for each citation, the first line is flush with the left margin, all proceeding lines are indented. 

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