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What is the correct format for writing a bibliography?

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The correct format for writing a bibliography in accordance with the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) style is as follows: the author's name, the title of work, the city of publication, the name of the publisher, the year of publication and the type of publication. The format differs slightly for various types of works.

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A bibliography in MLA format is more commonly called a works cited list. It is the most widely used format in the liberal arts and the humanities. Consequently, when there is no specification of a format for a bibliography, MLA is generally understood and accepted.

For an edited collection in book form, the editors' names precede "eds," followed by the title, the city and state of publication, the name of the publisher, the year of publication and the type of publication.

Publication types include print, Web and GPO for electronic sources and government publications, respectively. Each sub-category within a publication type has a slightly different rule for citing it properly in the works cited list. The proper citation for an email message in a bibliography includes the author's name, the title of the message, the name of the recipient of the message, the date of sending and "E-mail," to specify the source type.

The title cited is typically whatever appears in the e-mail subject line. There should be a period between each piece of information within a citation, and, with the exception of e-mail, most titles are italicized.

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