How to Make a Bibliography for a Textbook

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It’s critical that a textbook have an accurate bibliography because the statements and conclusions drawn by a textbook are used as the basis for the content of many K-12 and college courses. If there is any confusion over a topic, students and teachers will consult the bibliography to locate the original source and learn more about how the textbook authors arrived at their information. A missing or incorrect bibliography entry makes it difficult to track down resources.

  • Add a new section to the end of the textbook. Title it "Works Cited," if you are following MLA style guidelines, or "References," if you are following APA style guidelines.

  • Cite another textbook by using this format:

    MLA Style:

    [Editor's Last Name], [Editor's First Name], ed. [Title of Textbook]. [Place of Publication]: [Publisher Name], [Copyright Year].

    APA Style:

    [Editor's Last Name], [Editor's First Name] (Ed.). ([Copyright Year]). [Title of Textbook]. [Place of Publication]: [Publisher Name].

    Replace the bracketed items with the specifics of the textbook you're citing. Italicize the textbook title.

  • Cite another kind of book using this format:

    MLA Style:

    [Author's Last Name], [Author's First Name]. [Title of Book]. [Place of Publication]: [Publisher Name], [Copyright Year]. Print.

    APA Style:

    [Author's Last Name], [Author's First Name] ([Copyright Year]). [Title of Book]. [Place of Publication]: [Publisher Name].

    Replace the bracketed items with the specifics of the book you're citing. Italicize the name of the book.

  • Cite a textbook author's interview using this format:

    MLA Style:

    [Interviewee's Last Name], [Interviewee's First Name]. Personal interview. [Date of Interview] [Abbreviated Month of Interview] [Year of Interview].

    Replace the bracketed items with the specifics of the interview you're citing.

    APA Style:

    Interviews and other personal correspondence (i.e. emails) are not listed in a bibliography following APA style. Instead, cite the source in parentheses in the section of the textbook where you refer to it.

  • Cite an article in an academic journal using this format:

    MLA Style:

    [Author's Last Name], [Author's First Name]. "[Title of Article]." [Title of Journal] [Volume #].[Issue #] ([Publication Year]): [Page #s]. Print.

    APA Style:

    [Author's Last Name], [Author's First Name] ([Publication Year]). [Title of Article]. [Title of Journal], Volume#, [Page #s].

    Replace the bracketed items with the specifics of the article you're citing. Italicize the name of the journal and the volume number.

  • Alphabetize your bibliography entries by the first word of each entry. This will usually mean alphabetizing by the authors' last names.

  • Consult the official MLA and APA style guides for details on how to cite other types of sources.

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