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The following are sample bibliography entries, illustrating the proper way to document sources, and give credit for work used. Any questions regarding these entries should be resolved through a teacher, or reliable text. These entries are meant only as a starting point, and are generaly correct. Variations in the method of citation may be acceptable in some circumstances.

(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. Also, when typing your bibliography, indent the second line, as we cannot do this well on the web.)


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

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

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


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

Short Works

Poem, Short Story, or Article in a Collection

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 - Signed Nelson, Ralph L. "Mergers." International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. New York: MacMillan, 1968.

Encyclopedia - Signed

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

Government Publication

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


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

"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

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

Online - The World Wide Web

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


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