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MLA Format 9th Edition: Works Cited

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Use Preformatted Citations from Databases

Save yourself a lot of time and trouble by copying pre-formatted citations from the sources you find using databases. Most databases will offer MLA-formatted citations you can cut and paste onto your Works Cited page. Look for a link or icon called "cite," or "citation," or sometimes just a quote mark (").

Always check your pre-formatted citations against the MLA 9th Edition Quick Guide. Because the citations you find online are computer-generated, formatting problems often show up when you paste. The most common errors are single-spaced instead of double-spaced lines, and the lack of hanging indents (half-inch tabs) for all lines that go beyond the first line of a citation.

Make sure you alphabetize your citations according to the first name or word of each citation. 

Here is an example from the EbscoHost database showing the citation icon at the far right-hand side:EbscoHost citation icon

Click on the "Cite" icon, then choose "MLA":MLA citation from EbscoHost

After copying and pasting the citation onto your Works Cited page, check the citation against the MLA 9th Edition Quick Guide to verify that it is correct. Be sure to check for double spacing and hanging indents. Remember, too, that all citations must be alphabetized according to the first name or word of the citation.