Creating a paper is a lot of work. However, before you can sit back and relax, you need to create a bibliography. The bibliography will list all the sources that you used in the creation of your work. Bibliographies are typically found in Chicago, Turabian and Harvard writing styles.
Knowing Your Style
Different styles use different citation pages. Chicago, Turabian and Harvard can use a bibliography at the end of the paper that provides citation information for all the sources used in the creation of the piece. This will include both works that are cited in the writing and those that were used as background information. Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association use a different citation page.
The bibliography of your work will follow the format of the rest of the writing. It’ll have a 1-inch top and left margin. The title of the work will come after the page number header. Between the title and the first entry will be a double space. Entries will be single spaced with a space in between each one. The citations will also have a ½-inch hanging indent that comes after the first line of information. The bibliography will come at the very end of your writing on the last page after endnotes, if they are used.
The title of the bibliography will follow title capitalization. It will be centered on the page and labeled, ‘Bibliography.’ It doesn’t need to be bold or italicized. Additionally, it’ll be in the same font and font size as the rest of the paper (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt.).
After the title, you’ll start adding the citation entries. These will be listed in alphabetical order, according to the first word. Typically, this will be by the last name of the first author, but for works that don’t have authors, it could be the title of the work or corporation.
Like any citations page, the way that you format your citations will vary based on what type of work you are using. For instance, the citation for a website is different from a book. However, there are a few general rules to remember.
- Write out the names of up to three authors, after that use the first author’s name and et al. which means ‘and others’ in Latin.
- If publication date isn’t available use ‘n.d.’ for works that are printed.
- Instead of URLs, use DOIs if they are available.
- All the major words in a title will be capitalized.
- Titles are typically italicized or in italics, depending on style.
Now, that you know the general rules, check out how a few different citations are composed in Chicago/Turabian style.
- Book: Buzzer, Katie. A Culture. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
- Magazine: Cunningham, Vinson. “You Don’t Understand: John McWhorter Makes His Case for Black English.” New Yorker, May 15, 2017.
- Website: “Band.” Casa de Calexico. Accessed January 7, 2019. http://www.casadecalexico.com/band.
The best way to figure out how to create your bibliography is to look at a template to understand how it will look in the real world. Check out a template of a real life bibliography.
Formatting Your Bibliography
To make sure that your writing is professional and uniform, there are several different writing styles. These styles help to dictate what your bibliography will look like. By following the rules for formatting, titles and entries, you can make sure that your work is perfect.