3-5 Bibliography Form

3rd – 5th Grade Bibliography

  1. Every source listed will begin first line at margin.  For long citations, indent 2nd and 3rd lines.
  2. Use italics for titles of books, periodicals and software. Titles of articles are enclosed in quotation marks.
  3. Note punctuation and follow exactly.
  4. If required information, such as author, is not available, ask for help.
  5. Arrange all sources in one list, alphabetically by first word, which will generally be either the author's last name or the first word of the title.


A = Author.

B = Book Title.

D = Date, Copyright.

F = Format (Print, Web, DVD/Video, Television.


Book with one author:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of book.
  3. Date of publication.
  4. Resource format.
Walker, Niki. Colonial Women. 2003. Print.

Book with two authors:

  1. Authors, in order they are listed on the title page.
  2. Title of book.  
  3. Date of publication.
  4. Resource format.
Ride, Sally and Tam O'Shaughnessy. Exploring Our Solar System. 2003. Print.

Encyclopedia and other familiar reference books:

  1. Author of article (if available).
  2. "Title of article."
  3. Title of book.
  4. Date of edition.
  5. Resource format.
Hutson, James H. "Franklin, Benjamin." The World Book Encyclopedia. 2006. Print.   
"France." Compton's Encyclopedia. 2004. Print.

Article in a periodical:

  1. Author (if available).
  2. "Title of article."
  3. Periodical name.
  4. Date.
  5. Resource format.
Boelter, Mimi. "Voyage of Hope, Voyage of Tears." Cobblestone. Feb. 2006. Print.
"N.F.L. Training Camp Report." The New York Times. 21 Aug. 1996. Print.



Encyclopedia or Articles Online:

  1. Author, if shown.
  2. "Title of the article."
  3. Name of encyclopedia.
  4. Resource format.
  5. Date you accessed website.
  6. Full web address or article.
Christensen, Norman L., Jr. "Tree." World Book Online. Web. 12 Dec. 2005. http://www.worldbookonline.com/tree
Arnett, Bill. "Comets."  The Nine Planets. Web. 21 Mar. 2006. http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/ nineplanets/comets.html

World Wide Web:

  1. Author (if known).
  2. Title of page.
  3. Resource format.
  4. Date you accessed website.
  5. Full http address
Anderson, John. Biographical Data: Walter M. Schirra. Web. 10 Jan. 2006. http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/schirra-wm.html   
Film or Video:
Finding Neverland. Miramax, 2004. DVD.

Radio or Television Program:

“New Orleans.” American Experience. 12 Feb. 2007. Television.

Radio or Television Interview:

 Obama, Barak.  Interview by Charlie Rose. 1 Feb. 2010. Television.