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Sample Bibliography Entries

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The following are sample bibliography entries. They illustrate the proper way to document sources and give credit for work used. These entries are meant only as a guide -- remember to check with your teacher to determine the format THEY require you to use.

NOTE: The titles of works may be either underlined or italicized, but a consistant fromat should be used. Both are used here for illustration purposes.


One Author

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: New American Library, 1959.

Two Authors

Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert E. Lee. The Night Thoreaw Spent in Jail. New York: Bantam Books, 1973.

Three Authors

Warriner, John C., Mary Evelyn Whitten, and Francis Griffith. English Grammar and Composition. Chicago:    Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1958.

Four or More Authors [Top]

McAdams, Levy, and others. Writing Clear Paragraphs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.,    1978.

One Editor

Beck, Robert E., ed. Literature of the Supernatural. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Littel and Co., 1974.

Two or More Editors [Top]

Refer to entry for two or more authors, but insert the abbreviation "eds.," after the last editor's name.

Translated [Top]

Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories. trans. Ann Dunnigan. New York: Signet, 1960.

Short Works

Poem, Short Story, or Article in a Collection [Top]

Walt Whitman, "Miracles." In Encounters. New York: McGraw Hill, 1979.

James Street, "The Grains of Paradise." In Encounters. New York: McGraw Hill, 1979.

Encyclopedia and Reference Work

Encyclopedia and Reference Work - Unsigned

"Savannah." Encyclopedia Americana. 1979. Reference Work - SignedNelson, Ralph L. "Mergers."    International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. New York: MacMillan, 1968.

Encyclopedia - Signed [Top]

Wagner, Peter K. "National Debt." World Book Encyclopedia. 1977.

Government Publication [Top]

U.S. Department of Commerce. Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1981. Whashington, D.C.:    Government Printing Office, 1981.

Interview [Top]

Meyer, Janet. President, Abco Corporation, Aloha, Oregon, Interview, September 15, 1982.

Signed Magazine Articles

James, Russell. "Billion-dollar Treasures at the Bottom of the Sea." Mechanix Illustrated. Vol. 78, July 1982,    pp. 62-64, 88-89.

Unsigned Magazine Articles [Top]

"Wild Mustangs Kick up a Fuss." Newsweek. Vol. XCIX, p. 14.

Newspaper Article - Signed

Tevlin, Michael. "Board Split on Higher Standards." Valley Times. June 17, 1982, p.1.

Newspaper Article - Unsigned [Top]

"GM Also Boosts Some Charges On All Its Cars." The Wall Street Journal. June 8, 1982, p. 4.

Online - The World Wide Web [Top]

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Page." Address (URL) Day Month Year of Posting


Kearney, Kevin. "Creating Your Own Web Pages: A Beginning." November 20, 1999.

NOTE: Usually the page will have a date on the bottom of the introductory page telling you whebn the page was first posted or the date it was updated.