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Formatting Works Cited

If you have created your Works Cited in the Citation Maker, you probably still need to put it into a word-processed document and do some formatting before you finish. The step are below, and  you can also download a copy of this to print out.

Open Microsoft Word – you need to create a new blank document.

Paste in your Works Cited from the Citation Maker

Save your document before you go any farther. If you are at school:

  • Go to File > Save As
  • At Save In, click My Documents and change to students on ‘bris 1’ (S:)
  • Find your team and then your folder
  • Under file name call it something like WorksCited and click save.

Set up your header with your name.

  • Go to View > Header and Footer
  • Click on the Align Right button and type your last name, then hit Enter
  • Click Close on the header toolbar

Turn off automatic hyperlinks in the document. (This is so that when you put in your websites they won’t automatically turn into clickable links, which is very annoying).

  • Go to Tools > AutoCorrect.
  • Click the tab AutoFormat As You Type.
  • Under Replace As You Type, make sure the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check box is unchecked.

Remove the line that says “Created using MLA Citation Maker on” (if you pasted it in)

Format the citations correctly.

  • Select the text for the citations (not the line that says Works Cited)
  • Go to Format > Paragraph
  1. Under Alignment choose Left
  2. Under Indentation, go to the pull-down for Special and choose Hanging.
  3. Under Spacing, make Before and After say 0 pt, and then under Line Spacing choose Double

Check the following:

  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Are the entries alphabetical by the first word of each one? If you have any entries that begin with quotation marks, they may need to be moved, since the computer thinks they always come at the start of the alphabet!
Alexandra Woznick,
Oct 24, 2011, 9:19 AM