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What's the diference between a bibliography and works cited?

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2012  |  52505 Views

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According to the MLA manual:

Works Cited is sometimes referred to as References. The terms mean the same thing. Each is an alphabetical list of works cited, or works to which you have made reference. Works Cited is generally used when citing sources using MLA (Modern Language Association) style, while the title References is used when citing sources using APA (American Psychological Association) style.

Works Cited and Bibliography are not the same. In Works Cited you only list items you have actually cited. In a Bibliography you list all of the material you have consulted in preparing your essay whether or not you have actually cited the work.

Other Answers / Comments (3)

  1. Since the Works Cited and Bibliography differ, regarding MLA format, how do you title the last page? "Works Cited" or "Bibliography?" Title it: Other References
    by B. Denney on Nov 20, 2013.
  2. Are you required to include a bibliography in addition to a Works Cited? If not, then end with a Works Cited page. If you have to additionally provide a bibliography, add that after your Works Cited page. Title it: Other References
    by Michael Pujals on Nov 21, 2013.
  3. To add references you have consulted for your research project, but have not cited in your final work, you can provide a section after Works Cited entitled "Other References".

    Bibliography = Works Cited + Other References
    by Jouda on Mar 23, 2014.


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