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Friday: 8:00am-1:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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Use the examples below to format your works cited page.


Formatting Your Works Cited Page

  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font 
  • Times New Roman
  • References listed in alphabetical order
  • Each source that is two lines or more uses a hanging indent (.5")

To format your entries with a hanging indent:

Create your list of references

Select/Highlight all of the text 

Right-click on the selection

Choose Paragraph in the menu.

Choose Hanging under the "Special" option.

All subsequent reference entries will have a hanging indent.

Basic Format

LastName, Firstname. Book Title. Publisher, year.

Type of book In text citation example Works cited page example
Print book (Ware 11). Ware, Ruth.  The Women in Cabin 10. Scout Press, 2016.
Chapter/Essay from Book/Anthology (Atwood 257).

Atwood, Margaret. “Happy Endings.” Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, edited by X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, 5th ed., Pearson, 2016, pp. 256-59.

Dictionary (no author, online) ("Grit").

“Grit.” Merriam-Webster. 2018,

Encyclopedia (with author, print) (Holzer 311). Holzer, Harold. “Lincoln, Abraham.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 2017, pp. 310-326.
Online book (entry in book, corporate or organization as author) (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Librarians.” Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 12 Mar. 2018,                                        
Online book in a database (Wills 76) Wills, John. Disney Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2017. EBSCOhost,


Basic Format

LastName, FirstName. "Title of the Article." Source, vol. #, no. #, date, page(s).

Type of article In text citation example Works cited page example
Magazine (print version) (Derousseau 27). Derousseau, Ryan. “The One Company That Amazon Can’t Disrupt.” Money, Sept. 2018, pp. 26-27.
Newspaper (online version) (Chen). Chen, Te-Ping. “Companies Lure New Workers With College Coaching, Student Debt Repayment.” Wall Street Journal, 3 Oct. 2018.
Journal (from a library database) (Amirell 450). Amirell, Stefan. "Female rule in the Indian Ocean World (1300-1900)." Journal of World History, vol. 26, no. 3, 2015, p. 443-89. Academic OneFile,


Type of citation In text citation example Works cited page example
Webpage (short work) (Kamenetz). Kamenetz, Anya. “How College Friendships May Affect Student Success.” National Public Radio, 2 Nov. 2016, success.                                                                                                                                                       
Personal interview (Parker).

Parker, Ava. Personal Interview. By Jill McCormick, 5 May 2018.

Published interview (online) (Littles). Littles, Robbie. Interviewed by Brian Kelley.  Palm Beach State College, 7 May 2014,

*If the source has no date, add access date at end: Accessed 13 Sept. 2018.