Developing a Working Bibliography

The working bibliography is a list of books, articles, and other sources that are examined during the course of your investigation of the topic. It will change frequently during the research process as you add new titles and eliminate those that do not prove useful.

Your working bibliography will evolve into the WORKS CITED page, listing all works you will cite in your text. This page appears at the end of your paper. Your teacher may require you to also include a WORKS CONSULTED page which includes a listing of all the works you evaluated in the course of your research. Therefore, recording all the information about your sources when you first consult them will save time and avoid last minute problems when you are writing or typing your paper.

Steps for Writing a Bibliography Card:

  1. On the first card, write your name, teacher’s name, subject, and room number.
  2. On a separate 4x6 card, write the essential information about the work: the author, title, place and date of publication, and page numbers.
  3. In the top right-hand corner of the index card, assign the source a number and circle it.
  4. At the bottom of the card, write the place where you found the source, i.e. middle school library, Hazlet Township Library.
  5. If the source has a card catalog number, record that as well.
  6. Keep all your cards together with a paper clip.