Elementary School Bibliography Template For Kids

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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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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.



My 4th and 5th grade teachers have been collaborating with me over the last two months to plan research projects for their students, and to my great surprise our biggest sticking point has been what citation format to use!

I was prepared to share my handy list of online citation creation sites with teachers (see below), and explain how using a “citation machine” would help beginning researchers learn the proper format by seeing it in action.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the teachers not knowing which “proper format” they wanted their students to use.  None of the student textbooks or teacher guides they are using provide any instructions for creating entries for a Works Cited page!

We finally decided to go with a modified (aka, simplified) format that would provide title, author (or for encyclopedias, Vol #), date, and URL for web resources.  I’m still not sure whether starting them off slowly with just the basic information is a good idea or not.  I know that when they hit middle school they’ll need to provide the full citation for every resource they use in a research project, so should we be teaching that now?  Or is it okay to ease them into it?

I’d love to hear how other elementary schools are teaching citations, and why you’re doing it the way you’re doing it.  Please leave a comment if you are willing to share!

My Top 3 Free Citation Websites for Students:

  1. Bibme
    This is the easiest way to build a works cited page.  Search for a book, article, or website, or type in the information yourself. Once you add it to your bibliography, you can continue adding more resources to build your works cited list. Then download your bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats. Unfortunately the site includes ads.
  2. Son of Citation Machine
    This site not only enables students to properly give credit for the information that they use, it helps them understand why it’s important to do so. It also provides great step-by-step instructions for users.
  3. Easy Bib
    Free MLA formatting. (Other styles cost.)  Just type in a title or website URL and click on the correct source from the list of results. This tool also allows users to type in their own info in each field, which takes helps students move toward citing sources independently.


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