MLA BibBuilder: Create Works Cited Entries by Filling in a Form

MLA BibBuilderJerz > Writing> Academic

Choose a form, fill it out, and push the button… you will get an individual entry for a “Works Cited” page, which you may then copy and paste into your word processor. The BibBuilder will guide you through the process of filling in a form to get an MLA-style citation.

Choose Your Source

  • Article (in a periodical, or chapter; printed or electronic)
  • Book (printed or electronic)
  • Web Page (corporate web page, blog entry, YouTube video, etc.

Limitations

  • Garbage in, garbage out. If you don’t type the correct information in the blanks, or if you use improper formatting, this utility won’t be able to correct it for you.
  • This utility requires a browser with JavaScript capability (found in any recent graphical browser).
  • When you copy text from the browser window, you may lose the formatting (such as underlining).
  • This utility generates one entry at a time. Alphabetizing and formatting the entries on the page is up to you (but this article will help: MLA Style–Using MS-Word to Format a Paper).
  • There are commercial database applications that will do the fancy stuff; this tool is primarily intended to help undergraduates (although I use it myself all the time).

Work Cited

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009.


1997 — Original version created for the Engineering Writing Centreand the University of Toronto English Library at the University of Toronto.
1998 — updated version posted at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2003 — transferred to its present location, at Seton Hill University
27 Jul 2011 — updated and reformatted

Related Links
Researching English Papers Online
Planning to use the Internet to research your paper? First, you should learn about authority, plagiarism, and documentation.Academic Journals: Using Them Properly
“Crazy Joe’s Shakespeare Website” probably won’t have the accurate information your English professor is looking for. If you want reliable articles, look in an academic journal.Format a Paper in MLA Style
This step-by-step set of directions will help you use MS-Word to format an English paper properly.

Special Offer

Pass Certification is giving 100% guaranteed success in your certification exams. Take advantage of CompTIA A+ Certification preparation material for guaranteed success. Check out the free demo of all certification exams.

Loading Facebook Comments ...

50 thoughts on “MLA BibBuilder: Create Works Cited Entries by Filling in a Form

  1. Just returning to school after being out for 30 + yrs, and did not have a clue what the teacher was saying when she told us our papers would be done in MLA or APA style. Is their a template for web citing formatt?

    • Can you please tell me how to delete a post from here. Just didn’t relize it would post youre full name when I originally posted and would like to protect my privacy.

      If I cant delete it would it be possible for you? I’m gathering your the site administrator….

      Thanks for understanding

  2. What if there are more than one author?
    Paul Insel, R. Elaine Turner, and Don Ross?

    How do I write it?
    Insel, Turner, Ross, Paul, R.Elaine, Don?

  3. I completed the cells as instructed and submit the Bib Builder… where does it go? What does it do? I didn’t see anything that aided me in my Works Cited progress.

  4. Can you tell me if I am allowed to ammend my bib after it and the rough have been turned in. I want to remove a source and replace with a better one for the final. Is this allowed or not?
    Tahnk you

  5. How do i put in a cited block quote that is in a book but not by the author? Do i put the original person who said it or the arthor and book i got it from?

    • It’s better if you find the original source and quote it directly, rather than rely on a secondhand source.

      However, if you must cite a secondhand source, you could introduce the quote by mentioning the ultimate source, but cite the source where you found it:

      Smith’s classic definition of basketweaving still holds.

      Blah bah, long indented passage from Smith goes here. (Jones 123)

  6. When I do a bibliography for a science fair project do I have to add this site under my resources if I use it to build my bibliography?

  7. It saved me from making a F on a project.The only thing wrong with the citation is it dasent make the second line hang indention.

  8. This is the most easily understadable reference sites I have ever known regarding building “work cited” pages.

  9. Love the work you have done assisting with MLA papers! Thanks for the hard work. I have searched for the answer to this, but I didn’t find it. Please pardon if it is redundant. How do I cite song lyrics, and what is the proper format in the biblio? Thanks much!

    • You may have typed the title block in the space where the header goes. The title block is just at the top of the first page, not above the top margin where the header goes.

  10. i like it cause what u say is funny i meanif u are going to be rill tell your child no if i was a parent i would

  11. This works great, there just needs a couple of adjustments if they can be made.Some teachers are more particular than others, most suggest to use Owl @ Purdue as a guideline. For unlucky students, like me, you can get the one teacher that the smallest mistake is just a complete fail.
    Okay here is my feedback, because MLA editions change and the most updated version is “MLA Written Handbook 7th Edition.” When the citation is complete it should be in a more word document efficient place instead of an adjusted text box.
    It doesnt always emphasize or copy the Italics correctly, which is important if quoting a book.Most teachers don;t require you to use a reference from a book considering the digital age; however, strict ones do. But MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! This does not indent correctly! First sentence should not be indented, the rest are indented until end of that citation.Then all requirements also use a double spaced paper, including works cited/references.

Leave a Reply