How to Create a Bibliography or Works Cited List
A bibliography or works cited list is a list of all the resources you have used when doing the research for your assignment. These resources can include, books, magazines, encyclopedias, articles from databases, and images. They can be in either print or digital (web) formats.
It is important that you list all the resources you use for information, quotations, summaries, and images. This is the best way to avoid plagiarism.
Once you have gather the information for your resources, you can either create your bibliography or works cited list manually or use one of the citation makers available on the internet.
These are the basic steps you need to follow when creating your bibliography or works cited list. All bibliographies are organized in alphabetical order according to the first word in the citation. If a citation has more than one line, all lines after the first line are indented (called a hanging indentation) These directions will use one of the online citation makers.
Organizing Your Source Information
Collect the information you need from each resource you will list on your bibliography. If you use Source Cards, arrange them in alphabetical order according to author and/or title.
Preparing Your Word Document
1. Open a blank Word document.
2. Look at the tool bar at the top of the page. Check that either Times New Roman or Ariel are set for the font type and 12 is set for the size.
3. Under Format, go to Paragraph. Locate the Alignment Button. Select “Right”. Hit OK. Type your last name and the number 12. Hit the Enter button twice.
4. Under Format, go to Paragraph. Locate the Alignment button. Select “Center”. Hit OK. Type Works Cited or Works Consulted. Hit the Enter button twice.
5. Under Format, go to Paragraph. Locate the Alignment button. Select “Right”. Then locate Indentation and under Special select Hanging. Click OK.
6. Hit the Enter button twice.
7. Select one of the citation makers. Make sure you understand how to fill out the form for the citation maker you will be using.
8. Create your citation by filling in the boxes with the appropriate information. Once the citation maker has formatted your citation, copy and paste it to your word document.
9. After you paste the citation into your document, press the enter key two times to place a line space between each citation.
10. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you have created all the citations you need and have pasted them into your document.11. All bibliographies & Works Cited Lists are organized in alphabetical order. Look at your word document. Locate the first word in each citation. Place the citations in alphabetical order using by the first word in each citation. Use the cut and paste method to "move" your the citations
Always begin your entries with the author’s name. If there is no author listed, then begin your entry with the title of the article. When using the Title, ignore the articles “a”, “and”, and “the”.
Example of a Bibliography or Works Cited List
Anderson, Peter. John James Audubon: Wildlife Artist. New York:
Franklin Watts, c1995. Print.
“Audubon, John James”. Facts on File Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists.
Ed. Sir Lawrence Gowing. New York: Facts on File, 2005. Print
Bruning, Donald F. “Audubon, John James.” The World Book Encyclopedia.
Vol. 1. Chicago: World Book Inc. 2005. Print
Davies, Jacqueline. The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, c2004. Print.
“John James Audubon.” 01 Sep 1994. Archive New Media. eLibrary.
Proquest CSA. Somerset Middle School. Web.
06 Feb 2009.http://elibrary.bigchalk.com
“John James Audubon”. Environmental Encyclopedia, 3rd ed. 2 vols. Gale 2003.
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale,
2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Web. 06 Feb 2009
“John James Audubon, 1785-1851; The American Woodsman: Our Namesake and
Inspiration.” Audubon. Web. 06 Feb 2009. <http://www.audubon.org.>
Ken Meaney; Canwest News Service. “Restoration brings bird books back to their
original glory; After 150 years of use, copy of Birds of America was showing
wear and tear.” Edmonton Journal. 09 Nov 2008. A16eLibrary.
Proquest CSA. Somerset Middle School. Web. 06 Feb 2009.
Rhodes, Richard. John James Audubon: the Making of an American.
New York:Alfred A. Knopf, c2004. Print.
Rhodes, Richard. “Audubon: America’s Rare Breed.” Smithsonian.
35.9 (December, 2004): 73+. Print.
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