Works Cited Page Vs Bibliography Sample

Works cited pages would appear at the end of a research paper. Works cited means the same as references but differs from a bibliography. A works cited page is a list of works that you referenced in the body of your paper, whereas a bibliography is a list of all sources you used in your research.  

Format for Work Cited Pages

The formats shown below for works cited pages reflect the MLA (Modern Language Association) style. This style is widely used by schools and colleges, especially in the Humanities departments. The formats shown for reference pages are from the APA (American Psychological Association) which is used for papers within the social sciences.

Works Cited

"Blueprint Lays Out Clear Path for Climate Action." Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental Defense Fund, 8 May 2007. Web. 24 May 2009.

Clinton, Bill. Interview by Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” New York Times. New York Times, May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.

Dean, Cornelia. "Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet." New York Times.  New York Times, 22 May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.

Ebert, Roger. "An Inconvenient Truth." Rev. of An Inconvenient Truth, dir.      Davis Guggenheim. Rogerebert.com. Sun-Times News Group, 2 June 2006. Web. 24 May 2009.

References

Begley, S. (1998, January 19). Aping language. Newsweek 131, 56-58.

Booth, W. (1990, October 29). Monkeying with language: Is chimp using

     words or merely aping handlers? The Washington Post, p. A3.

Eckholm, E. (1985, June 25). Kanzi the chimp: A life in science. The New York

     Times, pp. C1, C3.

Fouts, R. (1997). Next of kin: What chimpanzees taught me about who we

     are. New York: William Morrow.

In the examples of works cited pages, the header should be centered. It should start on a new page, be six spaces from the top, and be numbered consecutively. In other words, if your paper is eight pages long, the Works Cited page will be number nine. The heading needs to have a double space below it. Entries are in alphabetical order, are not numbered, and are flush with the left margin. The second line and subsequent lines need to be indented five spaces and all lines are doubled spaced. 

Entry Format Rules

The examples of works cited pages should help you see how to format your page. Here are some rules for the format of the entries:

  • Italicize the titles of books, magazines, films, etc.
  • Quotation marks go around titles of poems, articles, and short stories.
  • Authors are listed by their last name first.

Following are examples to further explain sources that are not covered by the previous rules. The examples are not double spaced as they would be in your paper.

Two authors: Caper, Charles and Lawrence T. Teamos (1986). How to Camp.

     Philadelphia:  Doubleday.

Three or more authors: Ellis, Doris et.al. (1989) History of Japan. New York:

     Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc..

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Twice-Told Tales. Ed. George Parsons Lathrop.

     Boston: Houghton, 1883. 1 Mar. 2002.

Introduction, Preface,  Foreword, or Afterword: Doctorow, E.L. Introduction.

     Sister Carrie. By Theodore Dreiser. New York: Bantam, 1985. v-xi.  
 
 

One volume of multivolume work: Stowe, Harriet Beecher. "Sojourner Truth,

     the Libyan Sibyl." 1863. The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

     Ed. Paul Lauter et al. Vol. 1. Lexington, Heath, 1994. 2425-33.

Computer Software: Maps 'n' Facts. Computer Software. Broderbund

     Software, 1995.

Poem online: Frost, James. "Strawberries in a Field." Literature Resource

     Center. Alabama Virtual Library. 15 March 2004. 
     .

Encyclopedia on the Internet: "Egypt." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.

     Vers. 97.1.1. Mar. 1997. Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Feb. 2000.

George Lucas (Director). (1980) Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

     (Performers). The Empire Strikes Back (Motion Picture). United States:

     Twentieth Century Fox.

Unknown (Director). (1990) Civil War Diary. (Videotape). United States: New

     World Entertainment.

Gale Literary Criticism Online (Signed): McCarron, Bill. "Images of War and

     Peace: Parallelism and Antithesis in the Beginning and Ending of Cold

     Mountain." The Mississippi Quarterly. 52.2 (1999): 273. Galegroup.com.

     Alabama Virtual Library. 25 February 2003.

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Examples of Works Cited Pages

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Works cited pages would appear at the end of a research paper. Works cited means the same as references but differs from a bibliography. A works cited page is a list of works that you referenced in the body of your paper, whereas a bibliography is a list of all sources you used in your research.  

Your research paper ends with a list of all the sources cited in the text of the paper. This is called a Works Cited list.

See an example in the "Sample Paper & Works Cited List" box on this page.

Here are eight quick rules for this list:

  1. Start a new page for your Works Cited list (e.g., if your paper is 4 pages long, start your Works Cited list on page 5).
  2. Centre the title, Works Cited, at the top of the page and do not bold or underline it.
  3. Double-space the list.
  4. Start the first line of each citation at the left margin; indent each subsequent line five spaces (also known as a "hanging indent").
  5. Put your list in alphabetical order. Alphabetize the list by the first word in the citation. In most cases, the first word will be the author’s last name. Where the author is unknown, alphabetize by the first word in the title, ignoring the words a, an, the.
  6. For each author, give the last name followed by a comma and the first name followed by a period.
  7. Italicize the titles of full works: books, audiovisual material,websites.
  8. Do not italicize titles of parts of works, such as: articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals / essays, poems, short stories or chapter titles from a book / chapters or sections of an Internet document. Instead, use quotation marks.

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