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At the end of my literary analysis of "Young Goodman Brown," good vs. evil. I need a works cited page—MLA, not sure how to.

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You can do this! MLA style is a way to format the sources you consult when you're writing a paper. It's a style guide created by the Modern Language Association. Like all style guides, it makes sure you include enough information in a works cited list so that someone else can find and consult the source you used.

A works cited list should include all the sources you consult in writing your paper. It comes at the end of the paper with the centered heading of Works Cited. All your sources should then be listed in alphabetical order by author's last name—or if there's no author (like if you're consulting an individual web page without an author listed), then use the first word of the title. "A," "An," and "The" don't count for the purposes of alphabetization.

So let's do an example! You're writing about good vs. evil in "Young Goodman Brown," so you could start by checking out the article about themes in the story right here on eNotes. (I've linked it below.) If you decide to cite eNotes for your paper, you can find MLA guides online. I've linked a few here: one from the Modern Language Association, and another that I find easier to use from Purdue University. To cite the eNotes article, you'd use the format for a page on a website:

“Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne.” Enotes.com, www.enotes.com/topics/young-goodman-brown/themes. Accessed [today's date].

Since the listing starts with a Y, this particular source would likely come very near the end of your Works Cited.

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