Your research paper ends with a list of all the sources cited in the text of the paper. This is called a Works Cited list.
View a sample Works Cited list in the Purdue OWL
Here are eight quick rules for this list:
- Start a new page for your Works Cited list (e.g., if your paper is 4 pages long, start your Works Cited list on page 5).
- Center the title, Works Cited, at the top of the page and do not bold or underline it.
- Double-space the list.
- Start the first line of each citation at the left margin; indent each subsequent line five spaces (also known as a "hanging indent").
- Put your list in alphabetical order. Alphabetize the list by the first word in the citation. In most cases, the first word will be the author’s last name. Where the author is unknown, alphabetize by the first word in the title, ignoring the words a, an, the.
- For each author, give the last name followed by a comma and the first name followed by a period.
- Italicize the titles of full works, such as:
- audiovisual material, including film titles
- newspaper, magazines, journals
- Use quotation marks for titles of parts of works, such as:
- articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals
- essays, poems, short stories or chapter titles from a book
- chapters or sections of an Internet document