Works Cited and Works Consulted Pages: What’s
Works Consulted is the term used for the list of sources used in
the preparation of a research project. It is used to list background
reading, summarized sources, or any sources used for informational
purposes but not paraphrased or quoted. It is used to document those
sources referred to, but not cited in your project.
Works Cited is the term for the list of sources actually documented
(paraphrased or quoted) in your project, generally through parenthetical
citation. All of the parenthetical references in the paper or project
should lead the reader to this list of sources.
SHOULD I USE ONE OR BOTH?
A student might prepare only a Works Consulted page if he or she
did not quote or
paraphrase at all in the project.
A student might prepare only a Works Cited page if he or she paraphrased
from and therefore cited all sources used.
A student might prepare both Works Consulted and Works Cited pages
if, in addition
to the sources cited in the project or paper, he or she also consulted
that were not paraphrased or quoted.
PREPARING THE WORKS CITED AND WORKS CONSULTED PAGES
• Head a new sheet of paper “Works Cited” or “Works
Consulted” (Do not use quotation
marks around your title.)
• Alphabetize your sources by author, or first entry, which
may be an association or a title,
if no author is noted. This should be easy if you have collected
• Place the “Works Cited” page(s) immediately
after the last page of the text.
• If your paper includes both Works Cited and Works Consulted,
the Works Consulted page
should follow the Works Cited page.
SOURCE: Developed by Carol H. Rohrbach, K–12 Language
Arts Coordinator, School District of Springfield Township, Erdenheim,