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Wellness Education: Formatting a References Page

Research guide for wellness, complementary & alternative medicine

References Page

The References page is an alphabetical list of all the sources you cite in your paper. Every source you want to use in your paper must be listed on the works cited page.

Here are some basic rules to follow when creating your Works Cited page:

  • The References page should be placed at the end of your paper.
  • The References page should begin on a new page.
  • The References page should be double spaced and the second line of each entry should be a hanging indent. To get this in MS Word:
    • Select all text, and then right-click it.
    • From the pop-up menu, select Paragraph.
    • To double-space the text, under Spacing, Line Spacing, select Double.
    • To add a hanging indent, under Indentation, Special, select Hanging. This indents the lower lines of each entry 0.5” from the left.
  • Alphabetize each entry/reference on your References page by author’s last name, or if the author’s name is not given, by the title of the first work.
  • The running head should be in the top left corner in the header - consistent with title and abstract pages
  • The page number should be in the top right corner in the header - consistent with title and abstract pages


Example References page:

Running head:  CHILDHOOD OBESITY                              7


Davis, B. (2009). Proximity of Fast-Food Restaurants to

Schools and Adolescent Obesity. American Journal

of Public Health, 99(3), 505.


Food Fight [electronic resource] : childhood obesity and

the food industry / ABC News Productions. (2006).

New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006],


Lin, B., Guthrie, J., & Frazao, E. (2001). American

children’s diets not making the grade. Food Review,

24(2), 8-17.

Overweight and Obesity: A Growing Problem. (2012, April

27). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Retrieved June 20, 2012, from