How to Cite

How do we prepare a works cited entry for texts read in this course? Here are some sample entries for MLA 8 style.

  • Note that book and play titles are in italics, but short stories and poems are in “quotation marks.”
  • Note that very old texts also include their original date of publication (e.g. 1813).

Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. Vintage Books, 2000.

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Bantam Press, 1989.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. 1813. Project Gutenberg,

Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1596. No Fear Shakespeare,

Because Irie is pregnant, “she was always a bit weepy these days” (Smith 423). or: (Teeth 423) is okay.

The narrator says that a single man “in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen ch. 1). or: (P&P ch. 1) is okay.

Heaney’s narrator concedes that he has “no spade to follow men like them” (“Digging,” line 28).

Banquo answers, “The king’s a-bed” (Mac. II.i.13).  (orMacbeth II.i.13)

Abbreviations: Macbeth = Mac.; Henry V = H VTwelfth Night = Twel.; Merchant of Venice = Merch.; Tempest = Temp.; full list at Games Museum. Abbreviated forms are still italicized.

Please quote Shakespeare and Chaucer lines in the original language, not in translation– although you can also add your own translation if you like.