How to Write a Bibliography for a Project

Bibliographies or works cited pages are required for a number of academic and work-related projects to show other where you derived your information from and to credit others for their research and writing. Bibliographies are easy to compile and your skills will improve with every one you make.

Writing your Bibliography

Compile your bibliographic information. This includes title, authors, editors, translators, place and date of publication, publisher's name, available URL, date accessed, and others, depending on your type of source. You will need a complete entry for every source that you cite.

Consult with others for formatting. If in school or college, your instructor will provide a preference generally for a particular style. Different fields have different standards, so it is important to check with others to see how you should organize and present your bibliography.

Use appropriate citations for your type of source. Books with one or multiple authors, Web sites, CD's, encyclopedias and other types of sources have their own conventions of bibliographic citation. See Resources below to identify the type of citation you need for you source.

List authors (or other creators) alphabetically, last name first. Right align your text, double space, and indent second and subsequent lines.


  • Collect bibliographic information from materials before you return them to the library. Keep this information organized and handy until you are ready to create your bibliography. Be consistent. If no preference is given for bibliographic style, pick one and stick to its standards.

Things Needed

  • Bibliographic information of sources Format (see Resources below)

About the Author

Erik Steel is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning his bachelor's degree in Russian. Steel has worked as writer for more than four years and has contributed content to eHow and Pluck on Demand. His work recently appeared in the literary journal "Arsenic Lobster."