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How to Reference Books in a Bibliography


A bibliography is a detailed list of research sources which have been used to write a paper. College and other academic papers nearly always require a bibliography to be included at the end of the paper, citing all sources. If you are writing a paper for a college course and used books in your research, you will need to know how to reference these books in the bibliography. However, before you begin, you should check with your professor as to which reference style he prefers. The two most common styles used when writing research papers are APA and MLA.

APA

Write the last name of the author, followed by a comma.

Write the first initial of the author, followed by a period. If there is more than one author, put a comma and an ampersand after the period and follow the previous step for author number 2.

Write the date of publication, in parentheses, followed by a period.

Write the title of the book, in italics, followed by a period.

Write the publisher's city, followed by a comma.

Write the publisher's state initials, followed by a colon.

Write the name of the publisher, followed by a period.

Double check your reference, it should look like: Author O., & Authorette, T. (2010). Book Title. Seattle, WA: Publisher.

MLA

Write the full name of the author, followed by a period. If there is more than one author, write only the last name for all other authors except for the last listed. Separate them as you usually do for a list (e.g. A, B, and C). End the author section with a period.

Write the title of the book, in italics, followed by a period.

Write the publisher's city, followed by a colon.

Write the name of the publisher, followed by a comma.

Write the date, followed by a period.

Write "print," followed by a period if the book is a hardcopy.

Double check your reference, it should look like: Author and Two Authorette. Book Title. Seattle: Publisher. 2010. Print.

References
  • "Student's Guide to Writing College Papers;" Kate Turabian; 2010
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