What is the works cited entry for Antigone by Sophocles?

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A works cited page is the Modern Language Association’s name for a reference page. Other citation styles, such as APA, would use the title References rather than Works Cited. Having a works cited page, along with in-text citations, protects you from accidental plagiarism by giving credit to the work of other authors you are using in your writing.

The works cited entry for Sophocles’s Antigone would be as follows:

Sophocles. Antigone. Translated by Richard Emil Braun, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1973. Print.

When creating your works cited page, it is important to remember to alphabetize your entries and include an entry for every work you cite. It does not matter if you have only paraphrased the source rather than citing it directly (quoting)—you still have to include the entry on your Works Cited page and include in-text citations after each source you use within the paper.

Here is an example of a paragraph with a couple of in-text citations (please note that the page number of where you found the information in the text should follow the author's name):

The novel’s only religious character, Vassilij, blurs the line between pious and social beliefs from the very beginning. He thinks upon Rubashov’s eloquent speeches as Partisan commander, and imagines they would receive approval from “even the Holy Madonna of Kasan” (Koestler 6). This confusion marks a crucial element in the Russian psyche—their ability to avert faith (Berdyaev 9).

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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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