Works Cited Page

The Works Cited page, formerly called the "Bibliography," is a listing of all the print and media materials used in writing a paper.  Write or type the words "Works Cited" centered one inch from the top of the page.  Skip a line. Then list your sources in alphabetical order by author's last name.  Use the reverse indentation system with the first line of the entry against the right hand margin, and the following lines of the entry indented five spaces.

When no author is given, alphabetize by the first word of the title. If the first word is a, and, or the, alphabetize the second word.  If two works by the same author are listed, insert three hyphens and a period (---.) in place of the author's name at the start of the second and last references.

Key points:

1. Alphabetize sources by last name of the author. Where there is no author, list by the first word of the work's title.

2. Use the reverse indentation system.

3. Put the author's last name first.

4. Write any co-authors' first names first.

5. Underline book, magazine, newspaper, and film titles.

6. Put quotation marks around titles of articles, short stories, and poems.

7. Abbreviate the names of publishers.

8. Put a period at the end of each entry.

9. Do not number entries.

10. With web sites, two dates are usually given. The first is the date the entry was put on the web, and the second is the date you accessed that site. (See Neandertal, Larry in the example below.)


Example Works Cited page:

                                                                                      Works Cited

Bates, Norman. Golden Times with Mom. New York: Jose-Bass Press, 1964. (book)

Calhoun, John C. and Sam Thunnan. Old Times in the South. Midway, Alabama: Hushpuppy Press, Inc., 1992.
(book  with two authors)

Dinosaurus, Rex. "Memories of the Good Old Days: When We Ruled the Earth." Time 20 July 1946: 56-59. (newspaper, magazine)

Doody, H., et al. "Strings and Things." Southern Illinoisan 31 Mar. 1997: A6, AlO-11.  (text with more than three authors)

---. "A Puppet in His Hands." The New York Times 14 July 1987: 8. (second title by the same author)

Gates, Bill. "Dreams of World Power." Computers in the Future. Eds. Samuel Burbridge and F. Goedel. New York: 
     Bite Me Press, 2000. 247-301. (article or chapter in a book)

Leamsalot, Mary. "A Study of Schools." Journal of Thinking 62.4 (1948): 71-79. (Scholarly journal article: 62.4 refers  to the volume and issue number.)

"The Neatest Way to Write a Works Cited Page." Rolling Stone Magazine 13 Apr. 1984: 23. (Unsigned article)

Neandertal, Larry. "How Do You Work These Things?" Stone Home Page. Dec. 1986. 23 Jan. 2000 http://RockUniversity/fac/neanderl/confuse.edu.html.  (www site)

Rolyat, Robert. Personal Interview. 31 Jan. 2000. 
(Personal Interview)