8. What Is A Bibliography

EasyBib now supports MLA 8th Edition! Simply select MLA 8 as the citation style for your EasyBib project or bibliography. EasyBib’s citation generator.


 

There is more information available today, in more formats, than ever before, so the way we cite sources needs to evolve to keep pace. MLA 8 was designed to simplify the process, helping writers accurately and intuitively cite sources more easily, requiring that every source type follow the same format. This means that books, websites, periodicals, videos, photographs, and all other types of sources now use this same standard format.

 

MLA 8 requires researchers to locate the same “core elements” from their sources and place them in a standard order in order to create their citations.

 

The “Core Elements” of an MLA 8 citation, along with their corresponding punctuation marks,  include the following (in this order):

  1. Authors.
  2. Title of the source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Numbers,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.

The appropriate punctuation mark will follow each core element, unless it is the final piece.  In this case, the punctuation mark would be a period.  

 

Here’s how an actual source looks when cited using MLA 8:

Goodwin, Doris. Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham

Lincoln. Simon & Shuster, 2012.

 

To learn about each individual component of an MLA 8 citation, check out EasyBib’s MLA 8 guide.

 


 

The MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition does not include guidelines for formatting an annotated bibliography. However, your professor may assign an annotated bibliography in MLA style. The annotated bibliography contains descriptive or evaluative comments about your sources. Each citation should adhere to MLA guidelines. Begin your comments immediately following the citation. The title might be 'Annotated Bibliography' or 'Annotated List of Works Cited'.

Your instructor may request an annotated bibliography in order to evaluate the types of sources you are selecting for your research. The annotations should show that you have carefully conducted your research and critically analyzed the information you will use to write your paper. The good news is that the 'Works Cited' list will be almost complete before you begin writing. Below is an example of an annotated bibliography in MLA style.

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