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Works Cited Page

Instructions and Sample for a Works Cited / Bibliography Page

The following information is obtained from your Write Source 2000handbook. Copies are available from your Language Arts teacher or from the Keeley Library. You are to follow this form when writing a works cited or bibliography page for your reports.

A sample research paper is also available.

Works-Cited Page

A works-cited page (also called a bibliography) lists in alphabetical order the books and materials you have used in your report. Follow your teacher's guidelines and those in this section. Double-space the information you include in your works-cited page. The second line of each entry should be indented 1/2 inch (5 typed spaces); this is called a hanging indent. Underline titles and other words that would be italicized in print.

• Books--A typical listing for a book

Author (last name first). Title of the book. City where book is published: Publisher, copyright date.

• Magazines--A typical listing for a magazine

Author (last name first). "Title of the article." Title of the magazine day month year: page numbers.

Sample Works-Cited Entries

One Author

Gravett, Christopher. The World of the Medieval Knight. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1996.

Two or Three Authors

McKissack, Patricia C., and Fredrick McKissack, Jr. Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

More Than Three Authors or Editors

Busbey, Arthur B., et al. Rocks and Fossils. San Francisco: Time-Life Books, 1996.

Single Work from an Anthology

Headlam, Dave. "Blues Transformations in the Music of Cream." Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis. Ed. John Covach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

One Volume of a Multivolume Work

McMahon, Thomas, ed. Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 20. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.

Encyclopedia Article

Barr, William. "Northwest Passage." World Book Encyclopedia. 1998 ed.

Signed Article in a Magazine

Safer, Barbara. "Secret Messages." Cricket Sept. 1998: 29-33.

Unsigned Article in a Magazine

"Deadly by Nature." World June 1998: 20-23.

Signed Newspaper Article

Salemy, Shirley. "Plan Will Aid Children." Des Moines Register 2 Sept. 1998, sec. M: 1.

Unsigned Editorial or Story

"Russia on the Verge." Editorial. New York Times 1 Sept. 1998, sec. A: 25.

Note: For an unsigned story, simply omit the word"Editorial."

Government Publication

United States. General Services Administration. Consumer Information Catalogue. Pueblo, CO: GPO, 1997.

Reference Book on CD-ROM

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. CD-ROM. Danbury, CT: Grolier Interactive, 1998.

Signed Pamphlet

Grayson, George W. The North American Free Trade Agreement. New York: Foreign Policy Association, Inc., 1993.

Filmstrip, Slide Program, Videocassette

Island of the Giant Bears. Videocassette. National Geographic, 1995. 59 min.

Television or Radio Program

"Crime and Punishment." Nightline in Primetime. ABC. WKOW, Madison, WI. 3 Sept. 1998.

Sample Internet Entries

Internet entries are more complicated than other sources and require more attention to detail. See the sample entries below. (Also check our Web site for additional entries at

Items in an On-Line Entry

Author or editor. <E-mail address>. "Post title." Book title. Editor (if not listed earlier). Printed version information (if any). Site title or description. Administrator. Version number, volume, issue, etc. Post date, or last update. Listserv or forum name. Site sponsor. Date accessed. <Electronic address>.


Hoversten, Paul. "Life on Mir, or, roughing it on the 'frontier.'" Florida Today: Space Online. 20 Aug. 1997. 10 Sept. 1998  < 082097c.htm>.


Irving, Washington. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville.  UIarchive. July 1988. Project Gutenberg. 31 Aug. 1998 < taocbl0.txt>.


Write Source. <>. "Citing Internet sources." 4 Sept. 1998. E-mail to the author. 8 Sept. 1998.

Web Site

Camp Swift. Kathy Kincheloe, Web manager. 31 Mar. 1998. Bastrop Middle School. 1 Sept. 1998 <>.

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