Writing a Bibliography

How to get it right

Writing a bibliography, but not sure how to do it right? According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, a bibliography is the product of the practice of listing sources, is a systematic list of books and other works such as journal writing articles.

When researching and writing, whether your a student or a professional in the work place, it's important to keep track of all your sources and to make sure you reference them at the end of your paper. This list is called works cited or works referenced.

Due to the variety of media available today, including books, audio, video, and the internet, there are different ways to cite these sources so it's important to learn what formats are used for each type of media being referred to.


Bibliography entries will include:


  • Author
  • Title of your source
  • Publication information
  • Date


And they will be listed in alphabetical order.

The main purpose of a bibliography entry is to give credit to other authors whose work you've consulted in your research. Another purpose is to make it easy for a curious reader to find the source you've used if they would like to find more information on the subject.

Bibliographies range from "works cited" lists at the end of books and articles to complete, independent publications.

As separate works, they may be in bound volumes, or computerized databases.

something we don't see much anymore but used to be the main way we found information from the library, a library catalog, while not referred to as a bibliography, is much like it and these are almost always considered to be tertiary sources.

As you would guess, they can differ in the amount of detail depending on the purpose, and can be generally divided into two categories: enumerative bibliography (also called compilative, reference or systematic), which results in an overview of publications in a particular category, and analytical, or critical, which studies the production of books.

In earlier times,  the mostly focused on books. Now, both categories of bibliography cover works in other formats including recordings, motion pictures and videos, graphic objects, databases, CD-ROMs[3] and websites.

Writing help for college students in the form of academic writing, use the apa writing format. Taking free online writing courses can help you brush up on all aspects of writing including writing a bibliography.

For more details on writing a bibliography check out Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Teenlink bibliography for more details and examples.

These days there are so many programs available to help in creating academic papers correctly that if you are facing this task, don't despair!



Writing a Bibliography? Do Your Research


Writing research papers is a lot of work. There are steps you can take to make the process easier though, so let's talk about them.

The first step is to find a topic that you find interesting. I know it's easier said than done, but if you enjoy the subject it will be less like work and more like learning about something you actually want to know more about.

Once you have your topic, it's time to get started finding the information you will need to write a thorough paper.

But where will you find the information you need?

  • The internet
  • Books
  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazines

These are good places to start and you may be able to find everything right on your computer!

Once you have all your information you will want to read through it all, yes, all of it, and then sort it in a way that makes sense to the subject matter.

Then you begin to write!

Remember to keep track of any quotations and reference where you found the information. 


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