Internet Bibliography

Please note that these examples refer to articles retrieved from the free Internet as opposed to a database.  For an example of citing an article taken from a database, click on the database articles tab above.  Also, please note that the information presented under this tab concerns the electronic retrieval aspects of formulating a citation.  For guidance on correctly citing bibliographic information (such as author names, publication dates, journal titles, etc), please see the print articles tab above.

 

Article from a Web page:
Ostro, A. (2009, Oct. 8). Twitter is frozen in time. Mashable. Retrieved from
     http://mashable.com/2009/10/08/twitter-is-frozen-in-time/

Article from a Web page, no author:
Globalization and clothes. (2006). Retrieved from http://unpac.ca/economy/g_clothes.html

Article from a Web page, no date:
Dvoretsky, D.P. (n.d.). History: Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Retrieved
     from http://www.infran.ru/history_eng.html

Online newspaper article:
Zernike, K. (2009, April 1). Paying in full as the ticket into colleges.  The New York Times.  Retrieved from
     http://www.nytimes.com

Web-only journal:
Sheehan, K.B., & Morrison, D.K. (2009, March).  Beyond convergence: Confluence culture and the role of the
     advertising agency in a changing world [online exclusive].  First Monday, 14(3).  Retrieved from
     http://firstmonday.org

Audio podcast:
Van Nuys, D. (Producer). (2006, October 13). Understanding autism [Audio podcast]. Shrink Rap Radio.
     Retrieved from http://www.shrinkrapradio.com

Blog posting:
Blakeslee, S. (2009, Sept. 24). Article Quick Search vs Google. The Library Channel. Message posted to
     http://blogs.csuchico.edu/librarynews/2009/09/article-quick-search-vs-google/

Wiki:
Psychometric assessment
. (n.d.). Retrieved from
     http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Psychometric_assessment 

Video/Movie:
American Psychological Association. (Producer). (2000). Responding theraputically to patient expressions of
     sexual attraction [DVD]. Available from http://www.apa.videos

Video/Movie online:
Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video file]. Retrieved from
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja83KLQXZs

 

Based upon the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, sections 7.01 and 7.07, and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, #s 25, 49, and 50.

Overview

A bibliography is a listing of the books, magazines, and Internet sources that you use in designing, carrying out, and understanding your science fair project. But, you develop a bibliography only after first preparing a background research plan — a road map of the research questions you need to answer. Before you compose your bibliography, you will need to develop your background research plan.

With your background research plan in hand, you will find sources of information that will help you with your science fair project. As you find this information it will be important for you to write down where the sources are from. You can use the Bibliography Worksheet to help you, just print out a few copies and take them with you to the library. As you find a source, write in all of the necessary information. This way, when you are typing your bibliography you won't need to go back to the library and find any missing information. The more information you write down about your source, the easier it will be for you to find if you want to read it again.

When you are writing your report, you will use the sources in your bibliography to remind you of different facts and background information you used for your science fair project. Each time you use some information from a source, you will need to cite the source that it came from. To cite a source, simply put the author's name and the date of the publication in parentheses (Author, date) in your text. If the person reading your report wants to find the information and read more about it, they can look up the reference in your bibliography for more detail about the source. That is why each source you use must be listed in a detailed bibliography with enough information for someone to go and find it by themselves.

Your bibliography should include a minimum of three written sources of information about your topic from books, encyclopedias, and periodicals. You may have additional information from the Web if appropriate.

Examples of Bibliography Formats

There are standards for documenting sources of information in research papers. Even though different journals may use a slightly different format for the bibliography, they all contain the same basic information. The most basic information that each reference should have is the author's name, the title, the date, and the source.

Different types of sources have different formatting in the bibliography. In American schools, the two most commonly used guidelines for this formatting are published by the MLA (Modern Language Association) and the APA (American Psychological Association).

The MLA guidelines call for the bibliography to be called Works Cited. Science Buddies has summarized some of the most common MLA formats for your use: MLA Format Examples.

The APA guidelines call for the bibliography to be called the Reference List. Science Buddies has summarized some of the most common APA formats for your use: APA Format Examples.

Your teacher will probably tell you which set of guidelines to use.

On the Science Buddies website we use the following guidelines:

  • APA format for online sources
  • MLA format for all other sources
  • APA (author, date, page) format for citations in our articles

Getting Started

Download and print the Science Buddies Bibliography Worksheet. Keep several copies with you and fill in the information as you do your research. When you are finished, type the information from the worksheet into a formatted bibliography using the examples listed above.

Sample Bibliographies

Sample Bibliography: MLA Works Cited Format
Sample Bibliography: APA Reference List Format

Bibliography Checklist

What Makes a Good Bibliography?For a Good Bibliography, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question
Have you included at least 3 sources of written information on your subject? (If you include Web pages, they should be in addition to the written sources.)Yes / No
Have you included complete information to identify each of your sources (author's name, the title, the date, and where it was published)?Yes / No
Have you used the proper format for each of your sources? Most teachers prefer the MLA or APA formats. Yes / No
Is your Bibliography in alphabetical order, by author's last name?Yes / No
Do you have sources of information to answer all of your research questions?Yes / No

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