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Elementary Bibliography Template For Grade

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 "How to Make a Bibliography"


 Printable copy of the bibliography

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Author’s last name, first name. Title of book. City: Publisher, Date.


Example: Jenkins, Steve. The Animal Book. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.



Encyclopedias and other reference books:


Author’s last name, first name (if available). “Title of article or word you looked up.” Title of encyclopedia. City: Publisher, Date.

Example: “Whales.” The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book, 2006.


Websites, including online encyclopedias:


Author’s last name, first name (if available). “Title of article or word you looked up.” Title of website. Date of publication and/or date you accessed. <website address>.



Example: “Whales.” FactMonster. 23 Feb. 2014. <www.factmonster.com>.



  • If you can’t find the author, that’s okay.  
  • If you can’t find the date, that’s okay.


For help with other sources, such as magazines, newspapers, interviews, and more...






Lexington Public Schools Libraries

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
<http://discoverer.sirs.com/cgi-bin/dis-article- 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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Copyright Notice: This text, all Internetsite annotations, and library logo copyright 1997 by the Department of Libraries and Information Technologies, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, Massachusetts. Permission granted to print this page for non-commercial purposes only in its entirety.

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.



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