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How do you write a bibliography in MLA format?

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To write a bibliography in MLA format, start a new page, create hanging indents, and format the citations according to the publication type. The time needed to write a bibliography in MLA format varies according to the number of resources. Materials required include the necessary resources and a computer with word processing capabilities.

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How do you write a bibliography in MLA format?
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  1. Start a new page

    Start the bibliography on a new page with standard 1-inch margins all the way around. The words "Works Cited" should be centered at the top of the page. Your last name and the page number go in the heading.

  2. Create a hanging indent

    Indent the second line of all citations by 1/2 inch. Indent all subsequent lines in the same citation to this same measurement.

  3. List books by author's name

    Alphabetize all entries. Start with the author's last name, then first name, separated by a comma and finished with a period. Italicize the book title, and follow with a period. Type the city of publication followed by a colon, the name of the publishing company and the publication date. Finish with a period.

  4. List magazine articles by author's name

    Follow the book process for listing the author. Include the name of the article in quotation marks with a period. Italicize the name of the magazine, and include the volume number. Type the date, a colon and the page numbers, separated with a hyphen. Finish with a period.

  5. Format web pages

    Web pages do not always include the same information. Use the following format for whatever information is available on the web page: Author's name following the above format, title in quotation marks, title of site or project italicized, electronic publication information, date of access and website URL.

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