Those lists, or bibliographies, often include sources that you will also want to consult. The Modern Language Association (MLA) style of documentation is preferred in literature and languages.
If your teacher asks you to use a different form, however, follow his or her instructions. It represents some of the most important work you’ve done for your research paper—and using proper form shows that you are a serious and careful researcher.
A bibliography entry for a book begins with the author’s name, which is written in this order: last name, comma, first name, period.
While you are writing down (or even photocopying) the information for your source material, remember to include: The information that you need to create your bibliography will not always be easy to find.
Depending on the type of source material you are using, you might have to do some investigative work to gather everything you need.
It is tempting, after doing a lot of work to research a paper, to try to include summaries on each source as you write your paper so that your instructor appreciates how much work you did. MLA style, the one that is most commonly followed in high schools and university writing courses, dictates that you include only the works you actually cited in your paper—not all those that you used.
The good news is that you do not have to memorize all the many ways the works cited entries should be written.
Do not omit such information unless it is genuinely unavailable.
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By contrast, in an MLA-style entry, the author's name appears as given in the work (normally in full), every important word of the title is capitalized, some words in the publisher's name are abbreviated, the publication date follows the publisher's name, and the medium of publication is recorded. When information isn't available on the home page, you may have to drill into the site, following links to interior pages.
Look especially for the author's name, the date of publication (or latest update), and the name of any sponsoring organization. ."Online articles and books sometimes include a DOI (digital object identifier).