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Inserting Appendix In An Essay In Mla

Your research paper ends with a list of all the sources cited in the text of the paper. This is called a Works Cited list.

See an example in the "Sample Paper & Works Cited List" box on this page.

Here are eight quick rules for this list:

  1. Start a new page for your Works Cited list (e.g., if your paper is 4 pages long, start your Works Cited list on page 5).
  2. Centre the title, Works Cited, at the top of the page and do not bold or underline it.
  3. Double-space the list.
  4. Start the first line of each citation at the left margin; indent each subsequent line five spaces (also known as a "hanging indent").
  5. Put your list in alphabetical order. Alphabetize the list by the first word in the citation. In most cases, the first word will be the author’s last name. Where the author is unknown, alphabetize by the first word in the title, ignoring the words a, an, the.
  6. For each author, give the last name followed by a comma and the first name followed by a period.
  7. Italicize the titles of full works: books, audiovisual material,websites.
  8. Do not italicize titles of parts of works, such as: articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals / essays, poems, short stories or chapter titles from a book / chapters or sections of an Internet document. Instead, use quotation marks.

Ask the MLAworks-cited list

How do I cite an appendix?

An appendix can be cited like any other division of a work: in the text.

A Single Appendix

You may refer to a single appendix in your prose or parenthetically.

In the appendix to her essay, Judith Bryant Wittenberg details several useful questions for classroom discussion of The Sound and The Fury.

Work Cited

Wittenberg, Judith Bryant. “Teaching The Sound and the Fury with Freud.” Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, edited by Stephen Hahn and Arthur F. Kinney, Modern Language Association of America, 1996, pp. 73-78.

or

Judith Bryant Wittenberg details several useful questions for classroom discussion of The Sound and The Fury (appendix).

Work Cited

Wittenberg, Judith Bryant. “Teaching The Sound and the Fury with Freud.” Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, edited by Stephen Hahn and Arthur F. Kinney, Modern Language Association of America, 1996, pp. 73-78.

Multiple Appendixes

Appendixes are generally labeled numerically or alphabetically, like tables and figures; sometimes, they are titled. If you cite an appendix from a work that includes more than one, include the label or title so that your reader can locate it:

Grady C. Wray catalogs Christ’s finezas, or love offerings, according to the Church Fathers, Antonio Viera, and Sor Juana (appendix A); he also details the scriptural references for Viera’s opinions (appendix B) and for Sor Juana’s (appendixes C, D).

Work Cited

Wray, Grady C. “Sacred Allusions: Theology in Sor Juana’s Work.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, edited by Emilie L. Bergmann and Stacey Schlau, Modern Language Association of America, 2007, pp. 65-76.

Appendix with Separate Author

Rarely, appendixes have an author different from that of the work. When the appendix appears in a unified, stand-alone work, you can treat it as a separate work:

But for appendixes to sections of a work, as for an essay in an anthology, find a way to acknowledge the author in the text:

Published 12 December 2017