How to Alphabetize Print Sources When utilizing MLA format, order your works referenced by the authors' last names (or editors). If there is no author or editor for a work, alphabetize by the first word of the title that is not a, an, or the. For example, "Gardening for Dummies" would be listed after "Dumbest Garden Plants".
In APA format, use the first name of the author or editor and then list the work in alphabetical order. For example, if the author's name is "John Doe", then his or her work would be listed after "Jane Doe's work".
In Chicago style, create a new column in your bibliography with the first word of the title as the headings. Use these headings to organize your sources into groups by topic or writer. For example, one column could be titled "Authors I Like", with John Doe next to Jane Doe. The columns should be in alphabetical order.
Finally, in Harvard style, use the abbreviation "Dr." before the last name of the author or editor. This column can then be used to list the sources in order by topic or writer. For example, "Dr. John Doe wrote about flowers."
All styles of referencing books include a bibliography; however, each style has its own specific instructions on how to compile it.
How to Sort Your Print Sources
In most style rules, the author's last name is used to alphabetize. If your book has more than one author, alphabetize by the author whose name appears first, however you will include all of the names in the citation. This is called "double-sourcing" your bibliography and it ensures that information about all authors of the work are included in the reference.
Alphabetizing by the first letter of the work is also common. For example, if your book had three articles by three different authors, they would be listed in this order: A, B, C. This is not strictly following the rule described above because user B was published first but his article starts with the letter "C". However, this method saves time for anyone looking up an article.
Finally, you can alphabetize by both the first and last names of the author. For example, if your book had two articles written by two different authors, one named "User" and the other "Customer", they would be listed as follows: User Article, Customer Article. This method may seem like it could cause confusion for readers if the same person is cited in several articles with different last names, but it allows you to differentiate between works by the same person.
As you can see, there are many ways to alphabetize a bibliography.
Sort your list alphabetically. Sort the list alphabetically by the first word of the citation. The author's last name is usually the first word. When the author is unknown, alphabetize the title by the first word, excluding the terms a, an, and the. For example, "The Cat in Hat" would be listed before "A Tale of Two Cities."
Cite only the page number on which the information you are using can be found. For example, if the citation says that the price of something is in column B of sheet 1 of your spreadsheet, then look for column B on sheet 1 of the spreadsheet.
Bold the page numbers on which you find the information you are citing. Use asterisks instead if there are too many page numbers to fit on one line. For example, "Page 5* of 7" means page 5 but not page 6 or page 7.
Put quotation marks around sub-headings in the text of your essay. These are also known as parenthetical citations. For example, say you were quoting someone who said "Writing is rewriting." You would write "Writing is rewriting (or, as we know it today, school essays)."
In academic papers, endnotes are used to refer to other studies or articles that support what you are saying.
Sort the sources alphabetically by the writers' surnames. If no author is named, disregard "A," "And," and "The" when alphabetizing by title. The initial line of the citation should not be indented; nevertheless, all subsequent lines must be indented by 12". A hanging indentation is one technique to do this. Another method is to use the \footcite command at the start of each new paragraph. This command will indent the first line of the paragraph by the specified amount (in this case, 12 points). The final method is to use the \parencite command at the start of each new paragraph. This command will indent all consecutive paragraphs equally.
It is recommended that you number your bibliographies as they are needed so that it is easier to refer back to particular entries. Start with a single digit for a brief entry and move onto the double-digit system if necessary. For example, if the first entry in your bibliography is "John Smith" and then "John Smith (author)", change the first "John Smith" to "10 John Smith".
BibTeX uses a single space instead of a full point for separating authors' names. Note that "Jr." is not required after an author's surname unless he has only one name.
Sort your bibliography by the first item in the citation, which is generally the author's surname. In the bibliography, authors' last names are listed first. If the same author has many works, arrange them alphabetically by title. For example: Bush, George W.
The following entries would go at the end of your bibliography: Political Science Journal, Vol. 92, No. 4 (December 2009), pp. 651-704.
That's all there is to it! Bibliographies are one of those things that seem difficult to put together before you start writing papers and reports, but once you get going, they come together quickly. This tutorial shows you how to create a basic bibliography page using Microsoft Word. It also covers how to add citations and references to your document.
First, you need to know what kind of bibliography to create. There are two main types of bibliographies: descriptive and analytical. On a descriptive bibliography page, you list books or other publications that deal with or contain information about a single topic. These can be academic books published by universities and research institutions, or non-academic publications such as encyclopedias and magazines. You may want to include your own writings on a descriptive bibliography page.