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Basic Formatting for a Works Cited Page

List sources alphabetically by the last name of the first author of each source. When there is no author, alphabetize by title. For references that run over one line, indent the second and subsequent lines one-half inch. Include your last name and page number in the header as well.

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Basic Formats

NOTE: If publishing information is unavailable for entries that require publication information such as publisher (or sponsor) names and publishing dates, use n.p. to indicate that neither a publisher nor a sponsor name has been provided. Use n.d. when the Web page does not provide a publication date.

When an entry requires that you provide a page, but no pages are provided in the source (as in the case of an online-only scholarly journal or a work that appears in an online-only anthology), use the abbreviation n. pag.


Book by a single author

Author. Title. Publishing City: Publishing Co, Year. Medium of Publication.

Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent. New York: Picador USA, 1998. Print.  

Scholarly Journal

Author. "Title of Article." Journal Title Volume Number. Issue Number (Year): Page Numbers. Medium of Publication.

Mark, Elizabeth Wyner. "The Four Wives of Jacob: Matriarchs Seen and Unseen." Reconstructionist 63.1 (1998): 22-35. Print.

Work Cited Only Online

Author. "Title of Work." Title of Website if different from Title of Work. Version of edition if one. Publisher. Publication Date. Medium of Publication. Date Accessed.

McWard, Jim. "McWard's English Home Page." Johnson County Community College. n.d. Web. 12 July 2004.

Article from a Periodical

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical. Date: Page numbers. Medium of Publication.

Yakir, Dan. "The Sorcerer." Film Comment. 17 May 1981: 49-53. Print.

Article from a Newspaper

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper Date, Edition abbreviated.: Page Numbers. Medium of Publication.

Mills, Nancy. "Half-Mortal Merlin Full of Heart."Chicago Tribune TV Week 26 May 1998, Sunday ed.: 3+. Print.

Print Journal Accessed Online 

Author. "Title of Article." Journal Title. Volume Number. Issue Number (Year): page numbers. Title of Database. Medium of Publication. Date Accessed.            

Myers, Sharon A. "Reassessing the 'Proofreading Trap': ESL Tutoring and Writing Center Instruction." The Writing Center Journal. 24.1 (2003): N. pag. The Writing Center Journal Online. Web. 24 July 2004.

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