Bibliography Information

Bibliography Information

What is a Bibliography?

A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the resources (books, magazines, interviews, etc.) that you used in researching your topic and writing your report.  You need to create a bibliography for research projects you complete to show your teachers and readers that the information is true and your project is credible.  Your readers need to know your project is not made up.

Below are the instructions for creating your bibliography.

There is a five space indention for each line after the first line.

 

FOR A BOOK: 

Author’s last name, first name. Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher, copyright year.

example:

Fogle, Bruce. Training Your Dog. New York: DK Publishing, 2001.

If you only used part of a book:

Fogle, Bruce. Training Your Dog. New York: DK Publishing, 2001, pp. 50-55.

FOR AN ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLE THAT IS SIGNED: 

Article author’s last name, first name. "Title of article." Name of encyclopedia. Copyright year. Volume number, page(s).

example:

Clark, William W. "Gothic Art." World Book Encyclopedia. 2002.
     Volume 8, pp. 277-278.

FOR AN ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLE THAT ISN’T SIGNED:

"Title of article." Name of encyclopedia. Copyright year. Volume number, page(s).

example:

"Golden Retriever." World Book Encyclopedia. 1999. Volume 8, p.255.

FOR A MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: 

Article author’s last name, first name. "Title or headline of article." Name of magazine or newspaper. Date of magazine or newspaper, page(s).

example:

McGill, Kristy. "A Baltic Scramble." Faces. May, 2003, p. 27.

FOR AN INTERNET ADDRESS:

Author’s last name, first name. "Title of item." [Online] Available 

http://address/filename, date of document or download.

example:

DiStefano, Vince. "Guidelines for Better Writing." Web. October 5, 2010
This example of how to cite an INTERNET source was downloaded from this online source.

FOR AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: 

Title of material. Type of material. Place of publication: Publisher, copyright date.

example:

Bizet’s Dream. Videotape. New York: Sony Wonder, 1998.

FOR A CD-ROM:

"Article title." CD-ROM title. CD-ROM. Copyright date.

example:

"Titanic Disaster." Encarta 99 Encyclopedia. CD-ROM. 1999.

 

FOR AN INTERVIEW: 

Name of person interviewed (last name first). Kind of interview. Date.

example:

Watson, Cosmo. Personal interview. July 29, 2003.

FOR AN ONLINE DATABASE:

Name of author of article. “Name of article.” Source of article (originally from newspaper, magazine, etc.). Date published: pages (if none, put “n. pag.”). Name of database. Web. Date accessed

example:

Wilsdon, Christina. “Rrrrribbit! Tree Frogs.” National Geographic World, October 1994: pages 23-28. Gale. Web. August 12, 2011.

 

 

How do I use the information for my bibliography?

Take each bibliography entry you create and put it in an alphabetized list.  If we used each of the above examples and made it into a complete bibliography, it would look like this:

 

Bizet’s Dream. Videotape. New York: Sony Wonder, 1998.

Clark, William W. "Gothic Art." World Book Encyclopedia. 2002.
     Volume 8, pp. 284-286.

DiStefano, Vince. "Guidelines for Better Writing." [Online] Available
     http://www.usa.net/~vinced/home/better-writing.html, October 5, 2002.

Fogle, Bruce. Training Your Dog. New York: DK Publishing, 2001, pp. 50-55.

"Golden Retriever." World Book Encyclopedia. 1999. Volume 8, p.255.

McGill, Kristy. "A Baltic Scramble." Faces. May, 2003, p. 27.

"Titanic Disaster." Encarta 99 Encyclopedia. CD-ROM. 1999.

Watson, Cosmo. Personal interview. July 29, 2003.

 

Other Useful Tips:

1.  You do not need to use “book,” “magazine,” etc. as headings in your bibliography.  The headings on this page are headings to help you understand only.

2.  If no author is given, put a line and a period in the author location.  When alphabetizing the list, put these entries first.

3.  Remember to indent on the second (third, fourth, etc.) lines of your entries.  Skip five spaces for each line after the first line.

4.  If in doubt, visit:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ for more information.  We use MLA as the style of bibliography.  This is what will be expected of you in middle school and high school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some information for this handout was taken from

http://www.fcps.edu/KeyMS/library/bibliography.html

Key Middle School, Fairfax County, Virginia