How Do You Format a Bibliography?


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In the MLA style, a bibliography is formatted in alphabetical order by the author's last name, with all but the first line of each entry indented to 0.5 inches. Capitalize the title of each work.

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How Do You Format a Bibliography?
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For books, list the author's last name first, followed by a comma and the first name, followed by a period. After the period, list the title of the book in italics, again followed by a period. Next, record the city of publication for the book, followed by a colon and the name of the publisher, a comma, the year of publication and a period. At the end, list the medium of the work cited.

To cite a website in a bibliography, begin with the author information if possible. If the source contains no author information, include the name of the source. List the title of the page next, written between quotation marks, with a period placed inside the quotation marks. Italicize the website title, and list it after the page title. List the remainder of the information in order of the publisher, publication date of the work cited, the type of medium and the date the website was accessed. If choosing to the list the URL, place it at the end of the citation in between angle brackets.

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