You identify the sources you borrow from--and therefore cite--in the "Works Cited" list at the end of your paper. Each entry in this list is made up of core elements given in a specific order; there are optional elements that may be added if they assist your reader. (If you want to include sources you didn't cite in your text you can create, with your instructor's permission, a "Works Consulted" page.)
Even though the list appears at the end of your paper, you need to draft it before you start writing, so you can include the proper information in the in-text [parenthetical] citations.
When creating your "Works Cited" page:
The MLA Handbook (8th edition) has a good section (pp. 14-18) on finding the facts about publications, and an extensive discussion of each of the core/optional elements.
For good examples of Works Cited pages, see the sample papers (written by MLA staff members) in the MLA Style Center.
The individual entries in the list:
|Multiple works by one author||
Borroff, Marie. Language and the Poet: Verbal Artistry in Frost, Stevens, and Moore. U of Chicago P, 1979.
---, translator. Pearl: A New Verse Translation. W. W. Norton, 1977.
---. "Sound Symbolism as Drama in the Poetry of Robert Frost." PMLA, vol. 107, no. 1, Jan. 1992, pp. 131-44.
---, editor. Wallace Stevens: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice-Hall, 1963.
|Single author is also first of multiple authors||
Tannen, Deborah. Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse. 2nd ed., Cambridge UP, 2007. Studies in Interactional Sociolinguisitics 26.
---. You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Ballentine Books, 2006.
Tannen, Deborah, and Roy O. Freedle, editors. Linguistics in Context: Connecting Observation and Understanding. Ablex Publishing, 1988.
Tannen, Deborah, and Muriel Saville-Troike, editors. Perspectives on Silence. Ablex Publishing, 1985.
|Multiple works by coauthors||
Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, editors. The Female Imagination and the Modernist Aesthetic. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1986.
---. "Sexual Linguistics: Gender, Language, Sexuality. " New Literary History, vol. 16, no. 3, Spring 1985, pp. 515-43. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/468838.
Scholes, Robert, and Robert Kellogg. The Nature of Narrative. Oxford UP, 1966.
Scholes, Robert, and Eric S. Rabkin. Science Fiction: History - Science - Vision. Oxford UP, 1977.
|Cross references - Author names||
Bakhtin, M. M. (see also Vološinov, V. N.). The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Edited by Michael Holquist, translated by Caryl Emerson and Holquist, U of Texas P, 1981.
Benton, Thomas H. (William Pannapacker). "The Professor as Pitchman." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 54, no. 38, 30 May 2008, p. C1
Penelope, Julia (see also Stanley, Julia P.). "John Simon and the 'Dragons of Eden.'" College English, vol. 44, no. 8, Dec. 1982, pp. 848-54
Stanley, Julia P. (see also Penelope, Julia). "'Correctness,' 'Appropriateness' and the Uses of English.'" College English, vol. 41, no. 3, Nov. 1979, pp. 330-35.
Vološinov, V. N, (M. M. Bakhtin). Marxism and the Philosophy of Language. Translated by Ladislav Matejka and I. R. Titunik, Harvard UP, 1986.
|Cross references - Authors in collected works||
Agee, James. "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." Oates and Atwan, pp. 171-75.
Angelou, Maya. "Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down." Baker, Norton Book, pp. 276-78.
Atwan, Robert. Foreword. Oates and Atwan, pp. x-xvi.
Baker, Russell, editor. The Norton Book of Light Verse. W. W. Norton, 1986.
---, editor. Russell Baker's Book of American Humor. W. W. Norton, 1993.
Kingston, Maxine Hong. "No Name Woman." Oates and Atwan, pp. 383-94.
Lebowitz, Fran. "Manners." Baker, Russell Baker's Book, pp. 556-59.
Lennon, John. "The Fat Budgie." Baker, Norton Book, pp. 357-58.
Oates, Joyce Carol, and Robert Atwan, editors. The Best American Essays of the Century. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Walker, Alice. "Looking for Zora." Oates and Atwan, pp. 395-411.
The Adirondack Park in the Twenty-First Century. Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, New York State, 1990.
Great Britain, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food. Our Countryside, the Future: A Fair Deal for Rural England. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 2000.
New York State, Committee on State Prisons. Investigation of the New York State Prisons. 1883. Arno Press, 1974.
United Nations. Consequences of Rapid Population Growth in Developing Countries. Taylor and Francis, 1991.
United States, President. Economic Report of the President Transmitted to the Congress February 2016.Government Printing Office, 2016.
United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. Government Printing Office, 2006. 109th Congress, 2nd session, House Report 615.
---, ---, Senate, Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. Access to the Court: Televising the Supreme Court. Government Printing Office, 2012. 112th Congress, 1st session, Senate Hearing 112-584.
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Innovations in Compassion: The Faith-Based and Community Initiative: A Final Report to the Armies of Compassion .President of the United States, 2008.