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Referencing and assignment writing: Works Cited - Author

Works Cited - Author

Author. Title of sourceTitle of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

 

Start with the author’s last name, followed by a comma, then the rest of the name – exactly as presented in the work itself. End this element with a full stop.

The "author" is usually understood to be the person/s or an organisation primarily responsible for the creation of the work. However, sometimes your focus may be on a particular aspect of the work, e.g. a particular translation. In that case, the translator's name is used as the "author". Follow the name with the label describing the role, e.g. Brown, John, translator.

Single author

Use the author’s last name, followed by a comma, then the rest of the name – exactly as presented in the work itself. End this element with a full stop, e.g.

Utell, Janine. Engagements with Narrative. Routledge, 2016, p.7. Routledge Engagements with Literature.
 

Two authors

The authors’ names should be listed in the same order as in the source. Start with the first author’s last name, followed by a comma, then the rest of the name. This is followed by a comma and the word and. Then write the second author’s name in the normal order, i.e. first name/s and surname, e.g.

Hill, John, and Pamela Church Gibson, editors. The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford UP, 1998, pp. 35-36.

Three or more authors

Start with the first author’s last name, followed by a comma, then the rest of the name, followed by a comma and et al., e.g.

Royle, Jo, et al. "The Use of Branding by Trade Publishers: An Investigation into Marketing the Book as a Brand Name Product." Publishing Research Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 4, 1999, pp. 3-13, doi:doi.org/10.1007/s12109-999-0031-1.

Corporate author

If the author of the source is an organisation, as opposed to a person, use the organisation’s name as the author. List all the administrative units identified in the work, separated by commas, e.g.

State of Tasmania, Department of State Growth. Tasmanian Global Education Growth Strategy. May 2017, p. 14, www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/149804/Global_Education_Strategy_for_web.pdf.

If the author of the work is the organisation that also published it, start the entry with the Title of the work and list the organisation only as the publisher.

Who Wrote the Movie and What Else Did He Write? : An Index of Screen Writers and Their Film Works, 1936-1969. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1970, p. 78.

Pseudonyms, online usernames, etc

Pseudonyms, e.g. George Eliot would be Eliot, George, online usernames, e.g. @realDonaldTrump, etc, are treated like standard names. Special characters such as @ are ignored for the purpose of alphabetising the entry in the list of Works Cited.

No author

If the work is published without the author's name start the entry with the Title of the source. Do not list the author as "Anonymous”, e.g.

The Arabian Nights. Bloomsbury, 1994. Children's Classics.

Style Manual

If you cannot find an example for what you are looking for then use the MLA Handbook [8th edition]

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