How to Write a Bibliography
This link is designed to help you write bibliographies for school assignments.
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. There is a
glossary of terms below that defines words that may be unfamiliar.
The following tips may be of some assistance in writing your bibliography:
• The book or magazine title is always underlined in a bibliography!
• If a citation is more than one line long, indent the second line five spaces.
• Arrange the bibliography in alphabetical order, by the author’s last name. If there
is no author listed, use the first word of the title (not “a,” “an,” or “the”).
• When there is more than one author, list the authors in the order they are listed
on the title page.
• If you use information from an article in a book or magazine, the article is listed
before the title.
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
lllllYork: 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
Book with two authors:
Lurie, Jon and Jimmy Clarke. Fundamental Snowboarding. New York:
A book that has an editor:
Ehrlich, Amy, ed. When I was Your Age: Original Stories About Growing Up.
lllllCambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 1996.
If the city of publication is unfamiliar, the name of the state or country is
listed as well.
A book without an author:
Mobil Travel Guide, Southeast. New York: Fodor’s Travel Publication, 1997.
An article in a book without an author:
“Fiji.” The World Fact Book. Central Intelligence Agency: Washington,
The title of the article is listed before the title of the book.
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
Sutherland, Zena. “Literature for Children.” World Book Encyclopedia.
lllll12. Chicago: World Book, 1997.
The name of the encyclopedia article is placed after the author’s name and put
in quotation marks.
“Motion.” Encyclopedia Americana. Volume 19. Danbury, Connecticut: Groliers,
Magazines and Newspapers:
Magazines and newspapers are good sources for locating current information. When
citing a magazine or newspapers [sometimes called periodicals], use the following
formats. Periodical articles may or may not have an author.
Taylor, Phil. “Center of the Storm.” Sports Illustrated. 15 December 1997:
The author’s name is given first, the name of the article, then the name of the
magazine, the date of the magazine, a colon and then the page number(s).
“Algeria Allegedly Turns Blind Eye to Massacre.” Chicago Tribune. 5 January
lllll1998. Section 1, page 4.
If the article has an author, it is placed before the name of the article.
When using non-book materials, include the publication medium (CD-ROM or World
Wide Web, etc.), the vendor’s and publisher’s names (if known), and the date of database
Newspaper or Magazine Database:
Smith, Wes and Gary Marx. “U.S. Seizes Unabomer Suspect.” Chicago
lllllTribune. 4 April 1996. Section
1, Page 1. Chicago Tribune CD-ROM.
lllllNewsbank, Inc. 1996
Boustany, Nora. “Postwar Iraq: A Still-Shaken People.” Washington Post.
lllll9 February 1993. Version 2.3. SIRS CD-ROM.
Sirs, Inc. 1997.
Monaco, John E., “When the Diabetic Child is Hospitalized.” Pediatrics for
lllllParents. Volume 17, Issue 1:
6. HealthSource Version 5.0, CD-ROM.
The cictation looks like a regular newspaper or magazine citation, until the end
where the type of product (CD-ROM) is listed, and then the publisher of the CD-ROM.
Inside the White House. Hosted by President and Mrs. Bush. Videocassette.
lllllMPI Home Video, 1990.
The title of the videocassette is listed first. The person who is credited on
the box (the director, host, or narrator) is listed second. The type of media (a
videocassette, film, or filmstrip) is listed next. The publisher and the year published
are listed last.
“Maya Angelou.” UXL Biographies. Version 2.0. CD-ROM. Farmington
lllllHills, MI: UXL, 1999.
“Belize.” UXL Worldmark. Version 1.0. CD-ROM. Farmington Hills, MI:
Burke, Ronald. “Vatican City.” World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia.
lllllCD-ROM. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1999.
World Wide Web/Internet:
Ashmawy, Alaa. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 26 August 1997.
Welcome to the White House. U.S. Government. 3 September 1999.
Where to find the information:
Information for bibliographies is taken right from the source. Look at the title
page for the publisher, city, and author. Copyright information is found on the verso
biography --- A book written about a person’s life.
bibliography --- A list of materials used in creating a report or paper.
citation --- Source of information used in a report.
et al. --- “and others”
periodical --- Publication, especially magazine or newspaper that is printed in regular
place --- City where the publisher is located.
publisher --- The company that produces the material.
signed --- An article that has an author listed.
verso --- Opposite of the title page (the left page
of a book).
For more information, you can link to MLA
Style which provides guidelines authorized by the Modern Language Association