Why do I have to create a bibliography?
Credit & Credibility
- CREDIT: We create a bibliography to give credit where credit is do. Stealing ideas is like illegal stealing property. An example of this is the court cases over Facebook as that’s an idea that turned out to be worth billions.
- CREDIBILITY: We also create a bibliography so whoever is reading our work knows how credible (trustworthy) our sources are. For example, if you were told the world was about to end by a stranger holding cardboard on the street would you believe it? Why or why not? Now if the Canadian federal government posted warnings on all radio and TV channels about a meteor hurtling towards earth, would you believe it? Why or why not? Credibility counts.
What style am I going to use for my bibliography?
There are different styles for citing sources and creating bibliographies. MLA (Modern Language Association) is the style you will use for your bibliography and in high school.
What is the difference between a “Works Cited” and a “Bibliography”?
A Works Cited is exactly like a Bibliography EXCEPT you only use the sources you “cited” (directly referred to) in your work. A Bibliography is more general and includes all sources you used, not just the ones you directly refer to in your work.
What does a bibliography look like?
- Open a separate Word document
- Title it Bibliography
- Center your title
- Double space the entire page (highlight > right click > Paragraph > Line spacing > double)
- Do not skip spaces between entries
- Arrange your sources alphabetically
- Indent an 2nd, 3rd, etc. lines for a source (use Tab button on left for keyboard)
Click here to see an example of a bibliography.
How do I create a Bibliography?
The basic layout is:
Creator or author. “Web page name.” Website name. Date page (or site) was created. Web.
Date accessed by you.
What happens when I need to cite a picture or movie in my Bibliography?
Click here for information on this.
Samuel-Corr, Eamon. “Plagiarism Lesson.” Westshore Centre. Langford, B.C. 23 October 2012. Comment During Classroom Lesson.
How to quote Wikipedia?
“Article Title.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., date last updated (DD Month YYYY). Web. Date accessed (DD Month YYYY). <URL>
“Unicorn.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 10 January 2013. Web. 10 January 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn>