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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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).

Step 6

Underline all titles of publications and databases.

Step 7

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

Author's name and date published tend to be located at the bottom of a webpage, according to “Keys for Writers.”

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.

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