Anyway, I wrote this sentence, and yes, it's boring, but that's not why I'm copying it here. It's a good example of a "misplaced modifier." See if you can tell what I mean.
Don't forget documentation of the works cited on the final page.
The modifier is that prepositional phrase in bold above. Positioned there at the end, it sounds like documentation is only required for those works cited on the last page (that is, not all the way through the paper).
Easy fix, once I sensed there was something wrong. And you know, when you make a minor mistake like that, there's always some very earnest student who actually did read the whole paper and meticulously followed directions and documented only the works cited on the final page.
So here's the easy fix, and you figured that out too, I bet. (The hard part is sensing instinctively that something is wrong.)
Don't forget documentation on the final page of the works cited.
So what's on the final page? Documentation!
You'd be surprised, I hope, that there are actually writers (and we've come across them) who are so defensive they argue they MEANT it that way and won't change the misplaced modifier. (These are the writers editors refuse to work with again.)
Don't be one of those.
And don't all clamor for a glimpse of this fascinating essay. :)