Examples of How to Write a Bibliography

by Kochava R. Greene

A bibliography is a list of all of the sources used in writing a document. There are several editorial styles in which to format a bibliography, but one of the most common is that of the Chicago Manual of Style.

According to the Chicago Manual of Style, Format entries for books as follows: Last Name, First name. Title of Book (in italics). Place of publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. An example would be: Stanton, Paul. The Book of Ladybugs. Los Angeles: California Insect Press, 2006.

Format entries for articles as follows: Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Journal Name (in italics). Issue Year (in parenthesis): page numbers. An example would be: Smith, Helen. “The Ladybug in Art.” Art Journal 3 (2008): 62–71.

Alphabetize your sources according to the last name of the author.

Things You Will Need

  • Word processor

Tip

  • For the correct formats for e-books and other media, consult the Chicago Manual of Style.

About the Author

I wrote short pieces on arts and entertainment, sports, culture and society, health and fitness and other topics for the (now-closed) site www.aroundcinci.com, and have written freelance articles in the same areas for a variety of online and print publications.

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