What Is a Bibliography?

If the word bibliography sounds unfamiliar it’s because different citation styles use different names for it.

For example, in APA calls a bibliography References, while in MLA calls it Works Cited.

But regardless of what it’s named, your bibliography is a list of all the sources (books, articles, websites…) that you have used as research for your paper.  This list is usually placed at the end of your paper on a separate page and the citation entries are organised alphabetically by author’s last name.

Check out these sample papers to see how bibliographies are formatted:

  • MLA – from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
  • APA – from the American Psychological Association’s Style Guide
  • Chicago – from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

Need help with? Try these citation guides and stop by the Library Service Desk.