MLA List of Works Cited: Order of Entries Alphabetical
Alphabetize entries in the list by authors' last names. Note the following:
Alphabetize by the exact letters in the spelling: MacKay precedes McHam.
Let a shorter name precede a longer name beginning with the same letters: Linden,
precedes Lindenmayer, Arnold.
With last names using a prefix such as le, du, di, del, and des, alphabetize by the prefix: Le Beau, Bryan F.
When de occurs with French names of one syllable, alphabetize under d: De Jean,Denise. Otherwise, alphabetize by last name: Maupassant, Guy de.
Alphabetize by the first element of a hyphenated name: Sackville-West, Victoria.
Alphabetize by the last name when the author uses two names without a hyphen: Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall.
For a work with no author named, alphabetize by the first word in the title other
than A, An, or The.
Several Works by the Same Authors
For all entries after the first, replace the author's name(s) with three hyphens
followed by a period, and alphabetize according to the first significant word in
the title. If an author serves as an editor or translator, put a comma after the
hyphens, followed by the appropriate abbreviation ("ed." or "trans."). If, however,
the author has coauthors, repeat all authors' names in full and put the coauthored
entry after all the single-name entries for the author.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Harcourt, 1982.
- - -. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. New York: Harcourt, 1983.
Authors with the Same Last Name
Alphabetize by first names. Smith, Adam precedes Smith, Frank.