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Secondary Library: Bibliography Guide

How is a bibliography presented?

How is a bibliography presented?

It has a simple heading, usually one of the following ...

  • Bibliography 
  • References
  • List of Sources

It is a simple list of the resources used ...

  • no numbers or bullets
  • with line space between each citation
  • in alphabetical order
  • sorted by the first word (usually either author surname or first word of title if no author)
  • numbers at the top at the list if the title begins with a number. (If the number is written as a word it goes in the alphabetical order)

Referencing styles

How are the citations / sources presented?

There are many different Referencing Style Guides. Whichever one you use, it must be used consistently. Your teacher, school, university may specify which style to use.

Follow these links to see examples of citations for a wide range of resource types.





Your online referencing tool, such as Cite this for me will allow you to select a particular style.

Bibliography guide

Sample bibliography

This sample bibliography was constructed using a selection of examples cited on the Cite This For Me website.

It uses the Harvard referencing style.
Harvard Referencing: Guide (no date) Available at: (Accessed: 8 January 2017).


Sample Bibliography

7UP (2015). 7UP Team Up Tiesto. [video]. Available at: [Accessed 8 Apr. 2015].

Bressler, L. (2010). My girl, Kylie. In: L. Matheson, ed., The Dogs That We Love, 1st ed. Boston: Jacobson Ltd., pp. 78-92.


Cohen, M. (2013). Re-election Is Likely for McConnell, but Not Guaranteed. [Blog] FiveThirtyEight. Available at: [Accessed 4 Apr. 2015].

Dahl, R. (2004). Charlie and the chocolate factory. 6th ed. New York: Knopf


Desikan, S. and Ramesh, G. (2006). Software testing. Bangalore, India: Dorling Kindersley, p.156.


Fox, R. (2014). Technological Advances in Banking. In: American Finance Association Northeast Regional Conference. Hartford: AFA, p. 24.

Gilbert, S. (1795-1796). George Washington. [Oil on canvas] New York: The Frick Collection.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun. (1985). [film] Chicago: Alan Metter.

Harding, E. (2010). Anteaters. In: The International Encyclopedia of Animals, 3rd ed. New York: Reference World, p. 39.


Harris, E. (2015). For Special-Needs Students, Custom Furniture Out of Schoolhouse Scraps. New York Times, [online] p.A20. Available at: [Accessed 17 Apr. 2015].


Jackson, M. (1982). Thriller. [CD] West Hollywood: Epic.


Jensen, L., Walters, P. and Walsh, Q. (1994). Faces in the Night. [Paint Mural] Trenton: The Trenton Free Library.


Messer, L. (2015). 'Fancy Nancy' Optioned by Disney Junior. [online] ABC News. Available at: [Accessed 31 Mar. 2015]., (2015). M&M'S Official Website. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2015].


Modern Family, (2010). [TV programme] 6: Abc.


Niles, A. (2013). Update on my health. [email].


Patterson, J. (2005). Maximum ride. New York: Little, Brown.


Pearson, J. (1962). Letter to James Martin. [letter] The Jackson Historical Society, Civil Rights Collection. Jackson.


Provenzano, N. (2012). #NerdyCast Episode 5. [podcast]. #NerdyCast. Available at: [Accessed 14 Dec. 2014].


Ross, N. (2015). On Truth Content and False Consciousness in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Philosophy Today, 59(2), pp. 269-290.


Williams, A. (2013). DJ Gear. [image] Available at: [Accessed 8 Apr. 2015].


Zusack, M. (2015). The Book Thief. 1st ed. [ebook] New York: Knopf. Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2015].

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