Bibliography Practice Sheets

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Worksheets: Exercises for students 
Activities: In-class activities to be facilitated by an instructor
Additional Resources 

More about information literacy. 


Top 10 Research Tips for IU Students:
Introduces key library resources and services
From Topic to Research Question: Steps in developing a topic and research questions
Narrowing a Topic: Steps in exploring and refining a research topic
Identifying Keywords: Tips on keyword searching in databases
Basic Search Tips: Search strategies and ways to narrow/broaden a search
Introduction to OneSearch@IU database: Tips for using this interdisciplinary database

Evaluating Sources Rhetorically: 
Page 1: Questions for evaluating sources rhetorically; Page 2: Illustration of Bizup's BEAM model for rhetorical source use.
Evaluating Search Results: Tips for how to evaluate relevance of search results
Is It Scholarly?: Questions for evaluating if a source is scholarly
Know Your Sources (Portland Community College): Characteristics of a variety of online and academic source types to consider when selecting sources
Anatomy of a [Scientific] Scholarly Article(Capella University)
Reading a Scholarly Article: Tips on understanding and using scholarly articles
Primary Sources: What primary sources how and how they can be used
Useful Terms for Academic Research: Explains terms for different resource types

Knowledge Creation:
Using Evidence (IUB Writing Tutorial Services)
Develop a Thesis: Emphasizes the role of the research process in thesis development

Annotated Bibliographies (Univ. of New South Wales-Australia)
Literature Reviews (Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Staying Organized throughout the Research Process(Lake Forest College) 


Choosing a Topic and Search Terms: Word document from U. of Virginia
Searching OneSearch and Google: Guidance and questions on finding and evaluating sources through the library database OneSearch@IU and Google
Sources as Seeds: Use a “seed” source to identify other relevant sources.
Sources as Conversation: Explore sources as reflections of larger debates and discussions. 
Scholarly/Popular Source Comparison: Worksheet with guided questions for source evaluation
Web Evaluation: Guiding questions for evaluating websites relevant to a research topic
Preliminary Bibliography: Steps and guiding questions for developing a preliminary bibliography


Scope of a Research Question: Class activities on narrowing or broadening a research question and search strategy
Interpret a Citation: Explores citations as a way to locate and share sources

Additional Resources

Library Guides for Instructors
"Big Picture" Video Tutorials (NCSU)
Research Assignment Design
Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)

Here is a worksheet to help you categorise and organise your resources for a bibliography.

Click on the following link to download a copy, in MS Word format, to print and use.

Bibliography Worksheet (docx 22 KB)


 Bibliography Worksheet:                  Name________________________________Class________

Use this sheet to record details of resources as you use them

For Books

For a Book                 eg.  Brown, R. (1998) The Environment. Penguin, New York.


First Name /Initials.


Title of the Book,

Publishing Company,

Place of Publication.





































For a reference book [no author] eg. ‘Motorbikes' 1997, World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp.20-29.

"Name of Entry",


Name of Reference book.

Volume,[ if reference]

Page Nos.
















For Periodicals


For a Newspaper or Magazine  eg. Jones, J.( 2011) "Money Matters", Sydney Morning Herald, (Sydney), 24 March, p.29.


Author's Surname,

First Name or Initials.


"Title of Article".

Name of Newspaper/Mag.


Page Nos















For Audio-Visual Material

For a Video or DVD   eg.  Luu, John (Director), Medieval England [video recording]. Classroom Video, Fairfield, N.S.W.

Director's Surname

First Name or Initials.





Where Produced.





(Video/DVD Recording).







(Video/DVD Recording).




For a Video or DVD   (Producer Unknown)    eg. Chester Hill High School1999 [video recording]

"Title of Article".





(Video/DVD Recording).



(Video/DVD Recording).


If information can't be found, put in a dash (------) with your ruler.

Then the information is listed in alphabetical order on a new page . See example below:

Brown, R. (1998) The Environment. Penguin, New York.

Chester Hill High School 1999 [video recording]

Jones, J.( 2011) "Money Matters", Sydney Morning Herald, (Sydney), 24 March, p.29.

Luu, John (Director), Medieval England [video recording]. Classroom Video, Fairfield, N.S.W..

‘Motorbikes' 1997, World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 20-29

Smith, P.( 2001), coral [online] Available: Accessed [2007. May 9]


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