You may use the generator as a tool to create citations according to the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, there are specific requirements and/or recommendations for the format of a research paper. Simply click the desired resource type to the left and follow directions. If there are questions check with your teacher since they represent the ultimate authority for your assignment, otherwise the following MLA recommendations are the most common for printing or typing, margins, spacing, etc.
REMEMBER THESE BASIC GUIDELINES WHEN PREPARING YOUR "WORKS CITED”
- Remember to observe the MLA rules regarding capitalization, city of publication, publisher, and copyright date.
- See hints/reminders that appear on each individual citation example page.
- Begin your "Works Cited" by centering this title at the top of a new page.
- Begin each citation at the left margin.
- Remember to indent the second and subsequent lines of the same entry.
- Double-space all lines, both within and between entries.
- DO NOT number entries.
- DO NOT separate citations by categories. All references are placed in ONE ALPHABETICAL LIST by first words of citations, regardless of where citations come from. Disregard article of speech if they are the first word of the title (The, A, or An) such as in the title: The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, the entry is placed under "Cambridge" and the article "The" is ignored. In the title: A is for Alibi, however, the entry is placed under A since A is used as a noun and not as an article in this case.
For more information regarding MLA 7 guidelines, click here.
Click here for more information regarding guidelines for author's names according to MLA: Simple Rules for Authors in Citations.
Parenthetical documentation (click for more information) in MLA style contains only enough information to enable readers to find the source in the works cited list. Parenthetical documentation should be integrated smoothly into the text of your paper, rather than listed separately. References in the text must clearly point to specific sources in the list of works cited. The general rule is to cite the source right in the text of your paper. If the author's name is mentioned in your writing, you only need to Give the relevant page number(s) in the parenthetical reference in parentheses at the end of the sentence. The reader can then consult the list of works cited at the end of the paper to get the complete citation.
If your instructor requires an Annotated Works Cited, you are being asked to add a brief description of the information you are using from each source cited. Click here for more information on this brief description and how to create an Annotated Works Cited.