Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mission Folder Tip: Citing Your Research Through a Bibliography

The last question in the “Draw Your Conclusion” section of the Mission Folder asks students to list all of the sources they used to complete their Mission Folder; this is their bibliography. They will need to list all resources they used to conduct their research, including web sites, books, magazines, community resources and experts.

For a printed source, such as a book, magazine or encyclopedia, have students write down:

    • Author name
    • Title of publication
    • Date of publication
    • Publishing company
    • Volume number of magazine or printed encyclopedia
    • Page number(s)

For a web site, have students write down:

    • Author/Editor names
    • Title of page
    • Company/Organization who posted web page
    • Web address (URL)
    • Last date looked at the page

The bibliographic information for different types of resources are located in different places, so teams may need to do some detective work to get all of the information that a bibliography requires. Guide students to look in the following places:

    • Title page of a book, encyclopedia or dictionary
    • Heading of an article
    • Front, second or editorial page of the newspaper
    • Contents page of a journal or magazine
    • Header (at the top) or footer (at the bottom) of a web site
    • About or the Contact page of a web site

There are standards for documenting sources of information and even though different publications may use a slightly different format for the bibliography, they all contain the same basic information.

A common format followed in many high schools is the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Most libraries will carry copies of the MLA handbook and there are numerous sources available online for students to utilize. For an example on MLA format, click here.

For more information, contact Mission Control at or post a question to a CyberGuide in the Discussion Forums on the eCYBERMISSION web site.

Upcoming Webinars!

Register for an upcoming webinar by clicking on a link below or visiting The registration links are available on the Welcome page for Team Advisors and students.

Conducting Data Analysis and Drawing Conclusions
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET

Mission Folder Tips/General Q&A with a CyberGuide
    • Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET

    • Monday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. ET
    • Monday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. ET   
    • Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET

To view a playback of previous eCYBERMISSION webinars, click here or visit the eCYBERMISSION web site at The webinars are available in the News and Media section under Videos.

No comments:

Post a Comment

We welcome your comments and expect that our conversation will follow the general rules of respectful civil discourse. This is a moderated blog, and we will only post comments from bloggers over 13 years of age that relate to eCYBERMISSION. We will review comments for posting within one business day. Bloggers are fully responsible for everything that they submit in their comments, and all posted comments are in the public domain. We do not discriminate against any views, but we reserve the right not to post comments.