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How to Prepare a Bibliography Page – M.L.A.

A bibliography page is a list of sources (books, magazines & internet, etc.) that appears at the end of your paper, or is turned in with your project.  Begin the list on a new page and number the page.

(Sources used to create this page are:  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.), Purdue Online Writing lab, S.I. Prep, & Katherine Delmar Burke School Citation Guidelines.)

Follow the format below for your page:

Center the title  –  Bibliography Page  –  one inch down from the top of the page.

  1. Center the title  –  Bibliography Page  –  one inch down from the top of the page.
  2. Double-space the entire page. Do not use extra spaces between the title and the first entry or between entries.
  3. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; if an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line of lines one-half inch (or five letters) from the left margin.
  4. Double-space the entire list, both between and within entries.
  5. Arrange sources in alphabetical order by the author’s last name or by the first word of the title if no author is listed (ignore A, An, The).
  6. Put italics around the titles of books or underlined if hand written.
  7. Titles of articles, maps, pictures or other minor works are enclosed in quotation marks.
  8. Each element in the list (author, title, publication information is followed by a period).
  9. If more than one work by the same author is listed, the second and subsequent references should begin with a half-inch line and a period in place of the author’s name.


                                                            Print Sources

Books (follow format below or use EasyBib online site)

1. Author. (last name first; if more than one author, list in same order as on title page)

2. Title of book. (in italics or underlined if handwritten)

3. Publication information. (City: Publisher, Date of Publication)


  • Book by One Author:

Wilson, Frank R. The Hand: How its use shapes the brain, language .  New York : Pantheon, 1998. Print.

  • Book by Two or More Authors:

Eggins, Suzanne, and Diane Slade. Analyzing Casual Conversation. London :    Cassell, 1997. Print.

Encyclopedias and other reference books: (follow format below or use EasyBib online site)

1. Author of article (if available: last name, first name)

2. “Title of article.” (in quotation marks)

3. Title of book (in italics or underlined if handwritten)

4. Date of edition (Volume and page number not necessary if pages arranged alphabetically)

                                  Online Sources

If you cannot find all the information used in the examples, include as much as possible.

1. Author. (if known)

2. (Email address). (if available, in parenthesis)

3. “Title of the article or document or section.” (in quotation marks)

4. Edition. (if given)

5. Name of the web site or the source. (in italics or underlined if handwritten)

6. Date of publication or when the site was last revised. (if known)

7. Type of medium, in this case: [Online]. [in square brackets]

8. Type the word Available: and then include the website address. (http://…)

9. The term “Web” before the date accessed

10. Date you accessed or looked at the site-the second date shown. [in square brackets]

Web Site (follow format below or use EasyBib online site)


  • World Book Online: (you can use the citation listed at end of article)

Edmonds, Richard Louis, and Richard J. Smith. “China.” World Book Student. World Book, 2013. Web.

14 Jan. 2013.

  •       Entire Web Site:

The Purdue OWL
. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2008. Web. 27 Dec. 2008.

  • Article from a Web Site:

Russell, Tony. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 10 Sep. 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2008.

Online Newspaper and Magazine Article: (follow format below or use EasyBib online site)

Schulman, Henry. “Corporate Takeover Won’t Necessarily Doom Dodgers.” San Francisco

Examiner. 12 January 1997. Online.

http::// 14 January 1997.


Map (follow format below or use EasyBib online site)

“Phoenix, Arizona.” Map. U.S. Gazetteer. US Census Bureau.2005.

Web.30 June 2009.

Sample bibliography page is below  …. Should be on a separate page:


                                                              Bibliography Page

Johnman, Carol A. and Michael Kline. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Charlotte, VT: Williamson

Publishing, 2003. Print

Kozar, Richard. Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the Louisiana Purchase.  Philadelphia:

Chelsea House Publishers, 2000. Print

Lewis and Clark. National Park Service. 10 Jan. 2005.  <>.

”Lewis and Clark in North Dakota.” 15 Jan. 2005. <>.

“Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.”    Time. 17 Feb. 2005 : 43.

Moulton, Gary E. “Clark, William.” World Book. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 2004. Print

Pine, Eric. Personal interview. 21 Jan. 2005.

“Sacagawea.” America the Beautiful.    Grolier Online. 8 Jan. 2005.  <>.

“Shoshone Indians.” World Book.    Chicago: World Book, Inc., 2004. Print