Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the MLA 7th Edition manual.
List entries with a hanging indent and ensure that the entire list is double-spaced (see the example on page 131) (130-131).
Arrange entries alphabetically by the surname of the first author or by title if there is no author. When beginning with the title ignore initial articles (e.g. A, An, The) for alphabetization (131-133).
Cite the first author’s name with the surname first, but otherwise give the authors’ names as they appear in the source.
Capitalize the first, the last, and all significant words in a title and subtitle (86-87).
Italicize book titles, journal titles, and titles of other works published independently (88). Use quotation marks around the titles of works published as part of another work, e.g. journal article, short story, or essay in an anthology (89).
Omit any introductory article, e.g. first word The, in the title of an English-language journal (138).
For books, list the city of publication, publisher’s name, and year of publication as they appear on the title page or its reverse. If there is more than one city, list the first one only. Abbreviate publishers' names according to MLA guidelines (e.g. omit articles, business abbreviations such as Co., Inc., etc., and descriptive words such as Books, etc.) (148-152).
Typically when citing Web sources a URL is not included. Include a URL only if you have been instructed to do so by your teacher or if the document would be hard to locate otherwise. (182) However, when a “Works Cited” entry does include a URL that must be divided between two lines, break it only after a slash (182).
Citations must include an indication of the medium of the source (e.g. Print or Web) (xvii).