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Works Cited stands in place of a Bibliography in research papers. Works Cited may have different particular requirements depending upon the writing style guide being used by the academic institution. Some styles that may be used are MLA, APA, Turabian/Chicago. MLA is most often used at schools, colleges and universities in the U.S. in Humanities for literary writing.
Works Cited is an alphabetical list of sources actually used in writing an academic paper, which may differ slightly or considerably from works actually consulted. A Bibliography is different from a Works Cited list because a Bibliography does list all the works consulted whether or not they were all incorporated to the writing of the paper.
An MLA Works Cited citation for Sophocles' Antigone would show the citation in alphabetical order with Author appearing first, followed by Title, remembering that plays, novellas, novels, long poems (e.g., Epithalamion) poetry collections, anthologies, essay collections, films and magazine titles are italicized while short stories, short poems, songs, essays, TV shows, magazine article titles are surrounded by quotation marks (e.g., "Sing Cucu, Sing" "The Son's Veto" "The Glades" "Pretty Little Angel").
Sophocles. Antigone. Trans. Robert Fagles. Literature and the Writing Process. 6th. ed. Eds. Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X. Day, and Robert Funk. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice, 2002. 605-640. Print.
(Source: Illinois Valley Community College)
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