Documenting Bibliographic Entries

The MOST COMMON TYPES OF SOURCES are listed below with both a description of the information needed and an example. See the Useful Abbreviations section that follows to interpret abbreviations that are new to you. Notice that only the first line of a bibliographic entry begins at the left margin; any following lines are indented.

Book

Last Name of Author(s), First. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.

Gunther, John. Death Be Not Proud. New York: Harper Collins, 1949. Magazine Article

Last Name of Author, First. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine (Day) Month Year: Page Number(s).

Chang, Yahlin. "Bloom the Bardolator." Newsweek 15 February 1999: 64. Newspaper Article

Last Name of Author, First. "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper Day Month Year: Section Page Number.

Laso, Maria D. "Bard Yard: Translating the Flowery Language of Shakespeare's Work Is Like Plucking Bouquets of Poetry." Los Angeles Times 23 August 1997: N1.

Encyclopedia or Dictionary

"Title of Article." Title of Encyclopedia. Number of Edition. Year of Publication. "Croatia." The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 1992.

NOTE: Volume and page numbers are not necessary because the entries are arranged alphabetically and therefore are easy to find. If a reference work is not well known, provide full publishing information also.

CD-ROM Database

For CD-ROM databases, begin the bibliographic entry according to a magazine or newspaper citation (see above). Complete the entry with the name of the database source, the date of access, and the electronic address (URL) of the source in angle brackets:

Laso, Maria D. "Bard Yard: Translating the Flowery Language of Shakespeare's Work Is Like Plucking Bouquets of Poetry." Los Angeles Times 23 August 1997: N1. Infotrack: National Newspaper Index. CD-ROM. Information Access. 14 Oct. 1997.

For a CD-ROM issued in a single edition, the following format is used:

"Title of Subject." Title of CD-ROM. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.

"Shakespeare, William." The 1995 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. CD-ROM. Danbury: Grolier, 1995.

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