nonfiction submissions that I receive for Stories for Children Magazine fail to format bibliographies correctly. Surprisingly, some writers use out of date sources. In fact, one writer listed a source that had been published over 50 years ago!
Here are some rules to remember:
*Alphabetize the sources by authors’ last names.
*Italicize book titles and the names of journals.
*Don't capitalize each letter of a word in a book title.
*Include the publishing city and the state if the city is obscure.
*Place titles of journal articles in quotes.
*Aim for five to ten current and reliable sources.
*Try to include primary sources.
*Provide dates for interviews
Don’t get lazy with the bibliography. Submitting an incomplete or improperly formatted bibliography is unprofessional. You win not win over an editor with a sloppy biblio.
My favorite reference is the Chicago Manual of Style. I refer to it often. I would suggest that writers invest in a copy or visit the website. It’s a wonderful source to refer to whenever you’re in doubt.