Creating a Works Cited Page

Collect this Information for each printed source:
• Author name
• Title of the publication (and the title of the article if it’s a magazine or encyclopedia)
• Date of publication
• The place of publication of a book
• The publishing company of a book
• The volume number of a magazine or printed encyclopedia
• The page number(s)

Collect this information for each Web site:
• Author/editor names (if available)
• Title of the page
• The company or organization who posted the webpage
• The Web address for the page
(the URL) , just the main “root”part
(not the long line of letters/numbers)
• The last date you looked at the page

The Works Cited information for different types of resources are located in different places so you may need to do some detective work to get all of the information for your Works Cited.   Try looking in these places:

• The first few pages of a book, encyclopedia or dictionary
• The heading of an article
• The front, second, or editorial page of the newspaper
• The contents page of a journal or magazine
• The header (at the top) or footer (at the bottom) of a web site
• The About or the Contact page of a website

Example Works Cited page

  • Your Works Cited page should be an ALPHABETICAL list.  Remember to double space and use Hanging Indent.  Use the examples below (2 websites, a book, website without author) to ensure that each source is formatted correctly.  Your  Works Cited page is at the end of your assignment.

Works Cited

Format for Citations


In-text citations within your essay

When you use a quotation or information that is not common knowledge, you must use a parenthetical citation.  

Whatever signal word or phrase you provide in the parentheses must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Works Cited List.


 Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).

Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as "symbol-using animals" (3).

Note:   Both these parenthetical citations would correspond with a Works Cited entry by Burke.  
The period is just after the parentheses.