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Example Of Bibliography Page For Kids

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How Do I Make a Bibliography?

A Guide for Elementary School Students


Use this to create a quick citation that you can copy and paste into your bibliography.


Ask your librarian for help using this resource.

Use the patterns below to make a list of sources you used. Put your list in alphabetical order. Remember to indent all lines 5 spaces except the first line.


Last Name, First Name. Name of book. City of publication:
Publisher's name, Copyright Date.
Greenfield, Eloise. Rosa Parks. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell
Company, 1973.

Encyclopedias (print)

"Article title". Name of encyclopedia. Copyright Date.
"Ant". World Book Encyclopedia. 1990.

CD-ROM (Encyclopedia)

Author (last name, first name). "Name of article." Name of encyclopedia.
CD-ROM. City: Publisher, Copyright Date.
McGinnis, Terri. "Dog." The World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia.
CD-ROM. Chicago: World Book, Inc. 1995.

On-Line Magazine Article

Author. "Title." Journal Date. Date you read it URL
Halls, Kelly. "Juggling History." U.S. Kids June 1997. 10 Mar 2000
< display?id=MA152516791158&artno=031110&searchkey=apples>.

Magazine Article

Author. "Title of Article." Name of magazine DD Mo. YYY: Pages.


Markham, Lois. "A Gallery of Great Native Americans."
Kids Discover Aug.-Sep. 1966: 6-7.

World Wide Web

Author. "Title." Group Title. Date created or revised. Institution.
Date you saw it. <URL>


"Bones." Newton's Apple. National Science Teacher's Association. 10 March 2000.


Last Name, First Name. Kind of interview. DD Mo. YYYY.
Goodkind, Mary. Personal interview. 4 Sept. 1996.


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This page was developed during the summer of 1997 and 1998, supported by a Lexington Education Foundation grant to the Lexington Public School's Department of Libraries and Information Technologies. Authors and developers were Linda Corbett, Library Media Specialist, Fiske Elementary School; Margaret Donovan, Library Media Specialist, Lexington High School and Web Manager; Susan Lum, Library Media Specialist, Lexington High School; Martha Stanton, Coordinator, Libraries and Information Technologies; Arden Veley, Library Media Specialist, Clarke Middle School; and Caryn Werlin, Library Media Specialist, Bridge Elementary School.



Level: Elementary school, Middle school

Length: 3:15

Notes: Citations are in MLA 8th edition

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Plagiarism: It’s a tough word for young students to read and understand, but it also comes with some scary consequences. Consequences can include teacher, parent, and/or administrator intervention, a failed grade, and in some cases, even school expulsion. The best way to prevent it? Teach your students, while they’re at a young age, to be responsible researchers. Teaching your students to include citations in their research projects is an essential, lifelong skill that will prevent plagiarism, provide self-confidence in the creation and submission of a research project, and also keep those scary consequences for them at bay.

Citations for Beginners was developed to help young researchers understand:

  • what plagiarism is
  • why citations are created (to acknowledge or give credit to the original author, to allow others to find the source themselves, and to demonstrate to your instructor that you’re capable of locating high quality resources)
  • the format and components of a citation in MLA format
  • the purpose of using citation generator websites, such as EasyBib, to develop citations

Use this video in a whole group setting to serve as an introduction to the citation process, assign students to watch it at home for homework as a “flipped classroom” activity, or collaborate with your school librarian to develop extension activities. The possibilities are endless and learning about citations is vital to becoming a responsible and ethical researcher.

Believe it or not, elementary students aren’t too young to use citation generator websites, such as Its simple design allows for young students to quickly and easily cite their sources. Students are capable of creating citations for books, websites, magazine articles, videos, and many other sources they may use while researching. Students can copy and paste the citations into their research project or export them to their Google Docs or Microsoft Word template.

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