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How to Write a Bibliography


How to Write a Bibliography - [Complex Version]

This area is designed to help you write your bibliographies for your school research projects.

This page is designed to help you write your bibliographies for your school research projects.

A bibliography is a list of books and other sources that have been used in your research. There are many different ways to write a bibliography, and this sheet uses the bibliographic format recommended by our teachers, and is based on MLA style.

Form - Remember always to begin the first line of any entry at the margin and any subsequent lines should be indented. Skip one line between entries.


Book Citations:

Bibliographic citations for books vary. These examples can help you write your bibliography for many types of book citations.

Book with one author:
Lavender, David. Snowbound: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party. New
York: Holiday House, 1996.

The author is listed, last name first. The title is underlined. The city where the book is published is listed followed by a colon and the name of the publisher followed by a comma. The year the book is published is then listed followed by a period.

Book with two authors:
Lurie, Jon and Jimmy Clarke. Fundamental Snowboarding. New York:
Lerner, 1996.


Encyclopedia and Other Reference Books:

An encyclopedia article may or may not have an author. The author’s name can be found at the end of the article. An article that has an author is called a “signed article.”

Signed articles:
Sutherland, Zena. “Literature for Children.” World Book Encyclopedia. Volume
12. Chicago: World Book, 1997.

The name of the encyclopedia article is placed after the author’s name and put in quotation marks.

Unsigned articles:
“Motion.” Encyclopedia Americana. Volume 19. Danbury, Connecticut: Groliers, 1994.

World Wide Web/Internet:
Ashmawy, Alaa. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 26 August 1997.
http://pharos.bu.edu/Egypt/Wonders

Welcome to the White House. U.S. Government. 3 September 1999.
http://www.whitehouse.gov
 

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