MS Library – Bibliographic Format Guide

Works Cited Format Guide – MLA Style

If the examples below do not give enough information, check the OWL site at Purdue University.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

For basic formatting you can use Easy Bib http://www.easybib.com/ You type in the info, they format.
Also try http://noodletools.com  for more accurate fill in the blank bibliographies.
FORMAT for a Book:

Author’s last name, first name.  Title of the book.  Place of Publication: Publishing
Company, year of publication.  Medium of Publication.
EXAMPLES:

Dolan, Amy. Babe Ruth. New York: Harcourt, 2001.  Print.

Thomson, Ian and John Simpson. Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual encyclopedia.  London: PRC Publishing Ltd., 1999.  Print.

FORMAT for an Encyclopedia:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Encyclopedia. Edition date.  Medium of Publication.

EXAMPLES:

Smith, William. “Cortes, Hernan.” Britannica Encyclopedia. 2005. Print.

“Lindbergh, Charles.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2007. Print.

 

FORMAT for an article from online subscription encyclopedia
Author’s last name, first name.  “Title of article.”  Title of Encyclopedia.  Name of company affiliated with the site, publishing date.  Web.  Day month year of access.

 

EXAMPLE:

Cunningham, Noble. “Jefferson, Thomas.” World Book Advanced.  World Book Inc., 2012.  Web.  2 February 2012.

 

FORMAT for a Magazine:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Magazine Title Day Month Year of magazine: pages of article. Medium of Publication.

EXAMPLE:

Andrews, John. “Molecules that break rules.” Time 4 June 2006: 25-27. Print.

 

FORMAT for a pamphlet or pamphlet article:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Pamphlet. Place of Publication: Publisher, date: pages of article. Medium of Publication.

EXAMPLE:

Byrd, Donna. “Arms control can work.” Will nuclear arms agreements work? New York: Greenhaven Press, 2005:153-159.  Print.

 

FORMAT for World Wide Website
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Day month year of access.

EXAMPLES:

Wood, David. Zebulon Montgomery Pike. n.p. 2002. Web. 29 November 2007 .

“Agassi, Andre.” Biography.com. 2003. A & E Television Networks.  Web. 6 March 2004 .

James Clark Ross. South Pole.com. n.d. Web.  29 November 2007 .

 

FORMAT for an article from online subscription database.
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of Publication  Publication date: page number – page number. Name of Database. Medium of Publication.  Day month year of access.

EXAMPLE:

Andrews, John. “Molecules that break rules.” Time 4 June 2005: 25-27.  Student Resource Center – Junior. Web.  12 February 2012 .

Anthony, Mary. “DNA molecules.” Smithsonian June 2005: 35-38.  eLibrary. Web. 12 February 2012.

“Agassi, Andre.”  Current Biography.  2002.  Biography Reference Bank. Web. 15 February 2012.

Fleming, Thomas. “The Shot heard around the world.” Boy’s Life October 1997: 28+.  Searchasaurus. Web.  7 January 2012  .

GUIDELINES
If you need more than one line to write the citation, indent all lines after the first one. Indent 3 – 5 spaces each time (pick one, and stay with that).

Authors are always listed first, last name first. If there is more than one author for a source, other names are listed in normal order. If there are more than three authors, use the abbreviation “et. al.” after the first author.

Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.

If there is more than one source being used, list the items in alphabetical order.

Web sites: you may have to check the main page for full title, author and date of last revision.

If an item is not available, skip it and go on to the next item.