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How to Write a Bibliography for the Internet


Research papers and short essays may require an attached bibliography. A bibliography refers to a list, in alphabetical order, of references used for research. The Internet serves as a rich source for such references. Knowing how to enter Internet sources on a bibliography is important. Style guidelines serve as another important element to shaping your bibliography. In North America, along with countries like China and Japan, bibliographies tend to be formatted in MLA style.

Record your references’ information needed for the bibliography page as you research. Basic information needed includes author, document title, print publication data, online publication information, date information was last updated, date you accessed the reference, and the source’s exact URL.

Open a blank document in a word processing program and change spacing options, under “Paragraph” within the “Format” menu, to “Double.”

Title your bibliography page “Bibliography,” centering the text.

Press “Enter” and change text alignment back to “Left.”

Begin inputting your entries in the following form:

Author (Last Name, First). “Title of Article/Entry.” Print Publication Data (Name of publication, month and year published: page number). Name of Online Database (ex. e-How). Date Information Was Last Updated (ordered by date month year). Name of Sponsor Site (ex. Demand Media). Date of Access (same format as date last updated).

Underline all titles of publications and databases.

Organize entries in alphabetical order. For entries which extend more than one line, indent all lines after the first.

Tip
  • Author's name and date published tend to be located at the bottom of a webpage, according to “Keys for Writers.”
Warning
  • These instructions apply toward citing Internet sources for the bibliography pages of research papers and short essays in MLA style. Make sure your teacher/professor wants your paper formatted in MLA.
Items you will need
Computer with Internet connection
Word processing program
About the Author

Zachary Fenell is a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame College of Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication with minors in philosophy and writing. Fenell has been writing since 2002, when he joined his high school newspaper, "The Arc Light." In college Fenell won awards for excellence in English and communication.

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