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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.