Bibliography Style Guide
It's important to include a bibliography with all assignments
that require research, clearly indicating your sources. Be sure to
follow a few simple guidelines while making yours:
- The title of your bibliography should be centered at the top of
the page. The title may be Bibliography, References, or
- All entries should be arranged alphabetically, beginning with A
, or the closest letter to it.
- The format of each reference depends on what it is referencing:
- References to books written by a single authour should look as
Bloom, Allen. The Closing of the American Mind. New York: Simon,
- If the same book was written by more than one author, it would look
Bloom, Allen, and Suzanne Grossett. The Closing of the American Mind
. New York: Simon, 1987.
- Books by corporate authors simply subsititute the name of the
corporation for the name of the author:
Commission on Higher Education. The Academic System in
American Society. New York: McGraw, 1974.
You can notice a pattern in each of these:
Author. Title of Book. City of publishing: Publishing company,
Year of publishing.
- Making a reference to a reference work is different than a book.
You must not only include the book, but also what the book is
"Mandarin". Encyclopedia Americana. 1980 ed.
- References to magazine articles should include the author,
article, magazine, date of publishing, and page it is found on:
Trudeau, Alexandre. "We Are Suffering". Maclean's, 15 Sept.
- References to newspaper articles are similar:
Trueman, Mac. "Firm to map future design of UNBSJ." Saint John
Telegraph Journal, 22 Sept. 2003: A3.
- When using a reference to a webpage, the style changes:
Smith, Mary. NBGS Homepage. 19 June 2002.
30 Sept. 2003 (http://www.bitheads.com/nbgs/)
- If a reference takes more than one line, then the second should
McKim, Elizabeth. "An Epicure of Sound: Coleridge on the Scansion of
Verse". English Studies in Canada, 18
- Remember to keep a 1" margin around your pages, and that
bibliographies should not have page numbers.
- This is a BASIC Bibliography guide. Individual teachers may
require a more detailed Bibliography. Always ask how the teacher
wants it done.