Two or three authors of the same work:

Di Rado, A. (1995, March 15). Trekking through college: Classes explore modern society using the world of Star Trek. Los Angeles Times, p. A3.

 Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format. PurdueUniversity. 1 January 1999

Jenkins and Busher (1979) report that beavers eat several kinds of herbaceous plants as well as the leaves, twigs, and bark of most species of woody plants that grow near water.


Tell us something we don't know (or might not notice)!

Hennessey, William. The Making of Records in Memphis. Atlanta: Capital Book Press, 2001.

Some instructors prefer that you only write about the differences between two things, while others want you to focus on explaining the similarities as well. Either way, you'll need to make sure that your thesis statement reflects your instructor's expectations. For example, if I wanted to write about Social Networking sites, I'd need to write different thesis statements depending on my compare/contrast assignment.


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Works cited page or Bibliography follows similar format as mentioned earlier - one-inch margins, last name and page number in the header. The first line of all citations should be at the left-corner and the next line should be indented to ½. The basic format of the Works cited page is given as follows:

Below are important rules for writing down bibliography.

This list, alphabetized by authors' last names, should appear at the endof your essay. It provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and retrieveany sources you cite in the essay. Each source you cite in the essay must appear in yourworks-cited list; likewise, each entry in the works-cited list must be cited in your text.

Basic Rules

Authors' names are inverted (last name first); if a work has more than oneauthor, invert only the first author's name, follow it with a comma, then continue listingthe rest of the authors. If you have cited more than one work by a particular author,order them alphabetically by title, and use three hyphens in place of the author's namefor every entry after the first. When an author appears both as the sole author of a textand as the first author of a group, list solo-author entries first. If no author is givenfor a particular work, alphabetize by the title of the piece. The first line of eachentry in your list should be flush left. Subsequent lines should be indented one-halfinch. This is known as a "hanging indent."
All references should be double-spaced.
Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc. (This rule doesnot apply to "a," "an," "the," or to conjunctions, unlessthey are the first word of the title.) Underline or italicize titles of books, journals,magazines, newspapers, and films.

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If you need to cite more than one work by the same author published in the same year, differentiate between them in the parenthetical citations by putting them in the reference list and assigning each work with a lower case letter.

Four or more authors of the same work:

There are many different forms of documentation (systems of citation and reference), varying across academic fields. You may be familiar with MLA (Modern Language Association) used in English or CBE (Council of Biological Editors) used in the life sciences. But even within academic fields there are different forms because different scholarly journals specify a system to be used in those journals.