Title this page Works Cited. This page should be numbered, as should all other pages in your essay (except the first page which should not be numbered), in the upper right hand corner. Leave two lines in between the title of the page and your first source. Sources should be placed in alphabetical order on this page by last names of the author(s). If a source has no author or editor, alphabetize by the first word of the title other than a, an or the.
Below is a pdf link to personal statements and application essays representing strong efforts by students applying for both undergraduate and graduate opportunities. These ten essays have one thing in common: They were all written by students under the constraint of the essay being 1-2 pages due to the target program’s explicit instructions. In such circumstances, writers must attend carefully to the essay prompt (sometimes as simple as “Write a one-page summary of your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study”) and recognize that evaluators tend to judge these essays on the same fundamental principles, as follows: