Book Template: Bibliography

When you quote or base ideas on someone’s work, the source or the person’s work must be credited or cited. When reading another source helped your concepts you must cite the source even if you are not directly quoting the work anywhere. Then if your readers desire they can explore your sources.

Citations give proof and support your declarations or arguments. Citing other relevant works can give your work credibility and show what information you considered and the depth of your research on your subject. They give credit to other authors and help you avoid plagiarism.

If you are performing research for your book and taking notes, as your project grows so will your list and notes of resources. You can soon easily lose track of what information you obtained where. When the times comes to create a bibliographies and make citations trying to backtrack through your notes and sort out all the sources can become more work than writing your book. The answer is to use a book template that is set up with a bibliography and create footnotes as you write.

Review the bibliography sample in the book template to see how to cite each type of reference. A bibliography is a list of the publications by category such as magazines, books, websites and newspapers that you used to conduct your research. See exactly what information you need and how this should be recorded. Some categories require the author and title, year of publication, page number or web page where you found the information and more.

Categories are arranged in alphabetical order. When no author is listed then use the first word of the title although avoid any no pronouns here. In the case that more than one author is involved then list them both in the same order they are listed on the publication. Double check all your citations and sources.

The MLA (Modern Language Association) format for a bibliography has specific requirements that adhere to MLA standards. This style is frequently used for cite sources in the liberal arts and humanities. In this case citations start with the author’s last name, followed by the author’s first name and subsequently the book title. The city, publisher, and year of publication are next. In this case when there is more than one author, only the name of the first author is stated with last name first. The second author name is included with first name then last name. All names are separated by commas.

Citations for magazines should include the author name, article title, and the date. Web pages state the author’s first and then includes titles of the webpage and URL. Government agency citations list the government name, followed by the writer’s name, and then the title, city and publisher.

A bibliography is critical for certain types of works that quote and cite other works. A good book template will include this section with examples for you to follow arranged with the headings for the categories you might need to include.

Book Template: Sample Bibliography

The bibliography is an alphabetical list of the reference materials or sources used to create this book. Sources are alphabetized by author or, if no author is given, by title and then the second or third lines are indented (MLA style.) Here are sample listings for each type of reference:

BOOKS:
One Author: Tomlin, Terrance. To Be Happy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
More than One Author:
Cooper, Doris K. and Timothy M. Cooper. My Last Day of Being Fat. Townville, PA: Troubadour Press, 1991.
No Author Given:
The Earth as I See It. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2002.

PERIODICALS:
Smith, Sally. “A Dogs’ Life.” Newsweek 4 Oct. 2001: 65.
“A Walk Across the Antarctic: Part II.” National Geographic August, 1988: 52.

PERIODICALS ONLINE:
Walls, Horace. “Horse Racing” Newsweek 28 December 2004. Telecom, 18 March 2007.

NEWSPAPER:
Collins, Bryan. “Single and Happy.” New York Times 21 November 2007: 20.
“Low Cholesterol Life.” Providence Journal-Bulletin 17 May 20010: A6.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES: Print and Online:
“Animal Study.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2001 edition. Penn, Joseph. “The Green Home.” Book of Popular Science. 2005.
“Wyoming.” World Book. 2 May 2006. .

PAMPHLET: (Usually the same as book with no author given)
Healthy Breathing. Providence, Rhode Island: American Lung Association, 2011.

TELEVISION PROGRAM:
“Inside India.” WSFE, Channel 17, Providence, Rhode Island. August 21, 2005.

INTERVIEW:
Plain, Sarah. Telephone interview. April 4, 2010.

ONLINE SERVICES and the WEB:
Gordon, Daniel. “Green Rain.” 20 March 2007. “Plant Care.” 28 February 2008.
As with all sections you can omit this sample biography or delete the description and create your bibliography.

Complete Style Manuals

APA Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.

American Psychological Association’s style guide FAQ

MLA Style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009 A simplified guide for undergraduate and most research papers.

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. For graduate students, scholars, and professional writers.

Chicago Style

The Chicago Manual of Style Online. 16th ed., 2010 (UCB access only)

The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003

Turabian Style

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

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