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English Composition 2

Bibliography Cards

The final page of your research paper will be a "Works Cited" page, which will list publication information for all sources cited in your paper (including your primary source). The only publication information that will appear on your note cards, though, is the last name(s) of the author(s). On a separate index card, then, you will need to record the complete publication information for each source.

You will need to record the following information.


(1) For Books

  1. complete name(s) of the author(s)
  2. complete title of the book, including any subtitles
  3. the edition, if you are using an edition other than the first edition
  4. city of publication (give only the first city if more than one city is listed)
  5. name of the publisher
  6. year of publication (give the earliest year for the edition if more than one year is listed)

Publication information for books should be written as follows:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of Book. Edition. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of Publication.


(2) For An Essay Published in a Collection of Essays

  1. complete name(s) of the author(s) of the essay
  2. title of the essay
  3. title of the book in which the essay appears
  4. the edition, if you are using an edition other than the first edition
  5. complete name of the editor of the book
  6. city of publication
  7. name of publisher
  8. year of publication
  9. complete page numbers of the essay

Publication information for an essay in a collection should be written as follow:

Last Name, First Name of Author of Essay. "Title of the Essay." Title of the Book in which the Essay Appears. Edition. Ed(s). Name of the Editor(s) of the Book. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of Publication. Complete Page Numbers of the Essay.


(3) For an Essay in a Scholarly Journal

  1. complete name(s) of the author(s) of the essay
  2. title of the essay
  3. title of the journal in which the essay appears
  4. volume number
  5. issue number
  6. year of publication
  7. complete page numbers of the essay

Publication information for an essay in a scholarly journal should be written as follows:

Last Name, First Name of Author of Essay. "Title of Essay." Title of Journal in which the Essay Appears Volume Number.Issue Number (Year of Publication): Complete Page Numbers of the Essay.


(4) For Online Sources

For the information you need to record for online sources, see Citing and Documenting Online Sources and Documenting Sources from Online Databases.

This page was last updated on Thursday, June 06, 2013. Copyright Randy Rambo, 2012.