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Basic MLA Rules
Some basic rules for MLA Work Cited lists are:
- All citations should be double spaced
- Indent after the first line of each entry (hanging indent)
- Entries are not numbered; Alphabetize by the first word of the entry
- If no author is listed, begin with title
- Italics must be used for titles of books and periodicals (If italics are used, the font must be obviously different from the standard print)
- Capitalize titles of books and articles according to convention, no matter how they appear in a database or catalog
- Editions of books are noted after the title in the following format: 2nd ed. First editions are not listed as such. If no edition is listed, omit the edition section
- Dates are in Day Month Year format (e.g. 12 Dec. 1992) with all months abbreviated to three letters followed by a period (Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., Aug., Oct., Nov., Dec.) except May, June, and July, which are left as is and Sept.
- Page numbers in MLA are sometimes shortened. If the page numbers are three or more digits, shorten the second number to two digits when possible. Examples: 8-9; 44-49; 112-23; 492-506; 1253-66.
- Omit http:// when using electronic sources.
- For database sources, use the permalink as the URL.