The difference between a works cited page and a bibliography

November 22nd, 2011 by Brian Leave a reply »

A teacher asked me a simple question today about the difference between a works cited page and a bibliography. That’s actually something that I had not been asked before. We always used works cited pages or annotated bibliographies in my own schooling and in my classroom. But what about a simple bibliography? I learned something new today (or that I had forgotten over time).

It’s actually an easy differentiation:
A works cited only lists what you quoted from.
A bibliography lists every work you read, even if you didn’t quote from it.
A bibliography tracks what influenced your thoughts/opinions.

On a related note about citations: here are the current standards for MLA and APA format.


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