How to Write a Bibliography

Learn the best way to write Bibliography!

General rules 

• The works cited page is still in the text of your research paper and will include the page number heading continued from the last page of your text. 

• Entitle this page: Works Cited. Center this title at the top of the page. Double space between the title and your first entry. 

• List all entries in alphabetical order by last name of the author; sources with no author should be alphabetized by the first important word in the entry. 

• In citing more than one work by the same author, give the author’s name in the first entry only. Alphabetize the works according to the title. In place of the name of the author in all but the first entry, type three hyphens and a period, skip two spaces, and state title. 

• Underline or italicize titles of independently published works: books, periodicals, etc. 

• Use quotation marks around titles of short works such as a poem, article, or short story. 

• Double-space between lines of an entry and between entries. 

• Begin the first line of each entry at the left margin; indent all other lines five spaces. 

• Each item in the entry should be separated by a period followed by one space. 

• The bibliography page lists documents or sources read during research but not used in the text of your paper. Follow the same format as that of the works cited page.

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