Formatting a Works Cited or Bibliography
- Arrange the final bibliography or works cited in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Do not number your bibliographic entries.
- If there is no author, use the title of the article or book. DO NOT use the words -- a, an, the -- for the alphabetical order. Start with the next word in the title of the article or book.
- Be sure each bibliographic citation is formatted with a hanging indent.
- Make sure all entries are double-spaced.
Using Word, follow these steps:
Enter the information you have for each resource. Remember to arrange the information in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.
- Only press ENTER when you are finished with each resource.
- Don’t press ENTER at the end of a line – just keep typing. It will go down to the next line, which is okay. That is called Text Wrap.
- Go to “Edit” – Choose “Select All.” This will highlight all of the text on your document.
- Go to “Format” – Choose “Paragraph.” Make sure the tab is at “Indents and Spacing.”
- Choose “Special – Hanging”
- Choose “Line Spacing – Double.”
- Click “OK.” Your information will automatically be arranged with the proper indentation – hanging – and will automatically double space.