Works Cited & Bibliography

A Works Cited or Bibliography is a section where you give your audience information about where you collected your sources from. Any source that provided you with useful information should go in your Works Cite/ Bibliography (even if you didn’t quote from it).

There is a subtle difference between a Works Cited and a Bibliography. A Works Cited is usually a place where you only list the sources you’ve actually referenced in your paper through citations. A Bibliography, however, is a place where you list all of the sources you used during your research (even if the ideas or words were never cited directly). As a result, a Bibliography will always be longer than the Works Cited.

General Rules for Creating a Works Cited or Bibliography

  • All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented.
  • Each entry should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
  • If you have more than one article by the same author, then list the entries with the exact same authors in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

How to Cite:

For more information on how to make a Works Cited or Bibliography using MLA style, go to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue site by clicking here.

For more information on how to make a Works Cited or Bibliography using APA style, go to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue site by clicking here.

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