When writing a school paper in MLA 8 style, you will need to know how to format your works cited page. Hopefully, you’ve created a working or preliminary bibliography as you did your research. Now, you simply take your preliminary works cited page and start arranging it as required. One common question is whether numbers come before letters. The quick answer is “no.”
Instead, follow these guidelines for placing numbers within your works cited page.
Arranging Numerical Entries in MLA Works Cited
Normally, it is easy to alphabetize entries in your MLA format works cited list. However, on occasion, you may find a source that starts with a number. If the source has an author, cite it by the last name of the author first.
Orwell, George. 1984
If you have two or more works by the same author, alphabetize your list by the author’s last name, and then the title of the book. If the title starts with a number, alphabetize your list as though the number is spelled out:
Orwell, George. Animal Farm.
Orwell, George. 1984. (Nineteen Fourteen….)
Orwell, George. The Road to Wigan Pier. (Ignore The, start with Road)
If there is no author listed for an article published by an organization, use the name of the organization. If the organization’s name starts with a number, alphabetize your list as though the number is spelled out.
The Climate Realty Project. (ignore The)
350.org. (Three hundred fifty)
United Nations Foundation
Arranging Entries Alphabetically in Works Cited
MLA citation follows the letter by letter style using the first data element. This may be the author, name of the organization or, in some cases, the name of the work. Do not place the entries in a numbered list. Here are some other basic rules for alphabetizing your works cited sources.
Authors, Editors and Translators
List the author or creator of the work, such as the editor, as last name, first name. If the source is from an organization, use the name of that organization. Ignore articles such as a, an, and the, even in another language, like le or la.
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Las Hermanas Unidas
- A Home For Dogs
- The Museum of Modern Art
- La Raza Unida
Again, if the title or organization name begins with a numeral, alphabetize the list as if the number were spelled out as a word.
Letter by Letter
By following the basic rules of letter by letter alphabetizing, organizing your MLA works cited page is easier to do. Once you understand that numbers are spelled out for alphabetizing your sources, it is no longer a point of confusion.
FAQ Arranging Numbers in Works Cited List
Where do numbers go in MLA works cited?
Knowing how to alphabetize numbers in an MLA works cited can be a little tricky because you alphabetized numbers as if they were spelled out. Therefore, 360.org would be three-sixty dot org. To alphabetized 360.org, it is placed in the Ts.
Do numbers go before letters in works cited MLA?
Numbers do not go before letters in an MLA works cited. Numbers are listed in alphabetical order as if they were spelled out. So, an organization with a number like ‘24/7Service’, would be alphabetized as if it said, ‘twenty-four-seven service’.
Do citations with numbers go first?
Numbers are not listed first in an MLA works cited. An MLA works cited is in alphabetical order. Therefore, citations with numbers will go in alphabetical order how they are spoken or written.
Is a works cited ever numbered?
Yes, a works cited is numbered. The works cited includes the page number at the top since it is a continuation of the paper itself. However, citations with numbers are listed in alphabetical order by the first letter they would have if they were written out.
What does MLA mean?
MLA stands for the Modern Language Association. MLA format is the standardized writing format created by the Modern Language Association.
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