Common Types of "Works Cited" Citations in MLA Style
Note that all start "flush left" but they really are "hanging indents. If an entry runs over to another line, that next line and all others for the entry are indented five spaces!
Book with one author:
DeLillo, Don. White Noise. N.Y.: Penguin, 1986.
Book with two or three authors:
Fornara, Charles W., and Loren J. Samons II. Athens from Cleisthenes to Pericles. Berkeley: U of California P, 1991.
Book composed of essays edited by one or more authors:
Chafe, William H., and Harvard Sitkoff, eds. A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America. 3rd ed. N.Y.: Oxford U P, 1991.
Article in a magazine or newspaper:
Tolstaya, Tatyana. "In Cannibalistic Times." Trans. James Gambrell. The New York Review of Books XXXVIIII:7 (April 11, 1991) 3-6.
A single article reprinted in a collection:
Tolkien, J.R.R. "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" (1936) Rpt. in R.D. Fulk ed., Interpretations of "Beowulf": A Critical Anthology. Bloomington.: Indiana U P, 1991.
The Third Man. Videocassette. Carol Reed. London Film Studios. 1950. VHS 103 min.
Internet webpage (note that the date is essential--webpage contents change):
"Gilman Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame." Charlotte Perkins Gilman Newsletter 5.1 (Spring 1995): n. pag. Online. Internet. 8 Dec. 1995. Available http://orchard.cortland.edu/PerkinsGilmanNews.html.
Sample Works Cited Section from a Conference Paper (note that HTML problems are messing up the indents of the lines below the first one for each entry, but each should be five spaces in from the left margin):
Blake, N. F. Caxton: England's First Publisher. N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1976.
--------. Caxton and His World. London: House and Maxwell, 1969.
--------. William Caxton and English Literary Culture. London: Hambledon, 1991.
Carpenter, Christine. Locality and Polity: A Study of Warwickshire Landed Society, 1401-1499. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.
Caxton, William. The Prologues and Epilogues of William Caxton. Ed. W. J. B. Crotch. London: EETS, 1928.
Coleman, Joyce. Public Reading and the Reading Public in Late-Medieval England and France. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.
de Looze, Laurence. Pseudo-Autobiography in the Fourteenth Century: Juan Ruiz, Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, and Geoffrey Chaucer. Gainsville: UP of Florida, 1997.
Field, P. J. C. The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Malory. Rochester: D. S. Brewer, 1993.
Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur. (Ed. William Caxton.) Ed. Janet Cowen. N.Y.: Penguin, 1969.
--------. The Winchester Malory: A Facsimile. Ed. N. R. Ker. London: EETS, 1976.
--------. Works. Ed. Eugene Vinaver. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1967.
McFarlane, K. B. The Nobility of Later Medieval England: The Ford Lectures for 1953 and Related Studies. Oxford: Clarendon, 1973.
Painter, George D. William Caxton: A Biography. N.Y.: G. P. Putnam's, 1977.
Thrupp, Sylvia L. The Merchant Class of Medieval London: 1300-1500. Chicago: U. Chicago P, 1948.
Vox intexta: Orality and Textuality in the Middle Ages. Ed. A.N. Doane and Carol Braun Pasternack. Madison: U Wisconsin P, 1991
The Whole Book: Cultural Perspectives on the Medieval Miscellany. Ed. Stephen G. Nichols and Siegfried Wenzel. Ann Arbor: U Michigan P, 1998.