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Bibliography Guide

What is a bibliography?

A bibliography is a list of books, magazines, interviews, web sites, etc that you have used to research a topic.
Why is a bibliography now called "Works Cited"?
Bibliography comes from Greek biblion ‘book’ + graphia ‘writing.’ When people only researched using books, they called it a bibliography. Today, in addition to books, we use many electronic sources for research, so now bibliographies are called "Works Cited".
Why do I need to make a bibliography?
A bibliography gives credit to the persons and/or sources that you got your information from. Research is the process of investigating and studying the ideas and facts that other people have published. It is fair and right to acknowledge their work in your bibliography.

When do I create the bibliography?

As you research, you must keep a record of the sources for your information in your notes. One method is by writing note cards for each source. Another method is by using the EasyBib App to create your bibilography in Google Docs.
Where does the bibliography fit in my research paper?
It goes at the end of the report on a separate piece of paper, unless your teacher tells you otherwise.

How do I make a bibliography?

This Sample Bibliography shows what a finished bibliography looks like.

  • Each bibliography entry is called a citation
  • Double-space the lines in the bibliography.
  • Begin the first line of a citation on the left margin. Any additional lines should be indented five spaces or one-half inch.
  • Underline the titles of books, films, magazines, web site titles, etc.
  • Use parenthesis (" ") around the titles of articles or short works that appear in longer ones; for instance magazine articles within a magazine, poem titles in a poetry book and titles of encyclopedia articles.