Examples of How to Cite Sources

Here are examples of how to cite references for the sources you use in your project. Make sure you follow the punctuation, capitalization and underlining of the examples. In your Bibliography, put your reference list in alphabetical order by the first word or name of your reference, but ignore starting words like “the,” “a,” or “an”. If you don't know the author for an encyclopedia, magazine or Internet source, start the reference with the article title.

Internet Reference
Author Last Name, First Initial. Article title. Online: <Web site address.> [Date material was found].

Example:
Day, E. Tornadoes. Online: <www.nws.noaa.gov/om/newspub.htm.> [Jan. 12, 2003].


Encyclopedia Reference
Author Last Name, First Initial. “Article Title.” Encyclopedia Name. Copyright date. Volume number, Page number(s).

Example:
Mech, D. “Ostrich.” World Book. 2002 ed. Vol. 17, 16.


Book Reference
Author Last Name, First Initial. Book Title. City of publishing company: Publishing Company, Copyright date.

Example:
Green, C. L. The Brown Bat. Boston: Heath Press, 2001.


Magazine Reference
Author Last Name, First Initial. “Article Title.” Magazine Source. Date of article: Page number(s).

Example:
Smith, J. L. “Polar Bears: Stalkers of the Night.” National Geographic. January 2001: 52-78.


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