Writing A Bibliography
What is a bibliography?
A bibliography is a list of all the sources, such as books, encyclopedias, and websites, which are used to get information for a report or project.
Why do you need a bibliography?
A bibliography is an important part of any research paper or project. It shows you did not copy the author. It also shows anyone reading your report or project where to find more information on that topic.
How to Create a Bibliography
It is important when writing a bibliography to follow the pattern for each source. You should have all your information together and pay attention to punctuation. ?,!.
Below are examples for different sources. Just remember to follow the pattern!
For a book:
Everts, Tammy. Dolphins.
For a print encyclopedia article:
Odell, Daniel K. “Dolphins." The World Book Encyclopedia. 2004.
For an online encyclopedia article:
Tavolga, Margaret C. “Dolphin." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.
< http://gme.grolier.com >.
For a print magazine article:
Schleichert, Elizabeth. “Free to Fish.” Ranger Rick. April 2005: 22-24.
For a web site:
Bottlenose Dolphins. 2002.
**Sometimes it is difficult to find all the information for a web site. Try to include as much information as you can find. The example above shows that no author was found so that part of the citation was omitted.**
For A Photograph or Illustration:
Keep in mind that photographs and illustrations need to be cited as well. The following is an example of a citation for an online photograph.
Jumping Bottlenose Dolphins. Sea World.
Here’s the finished product!
Things to Remember
Follow the patterns!
Put your bibliography in alphabetical order.
Bring the first line of your citation to the margin, and then indent all other lines.
Your bibliography should be the last page of your report.