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VFM 8th Grade Science Fair Project: Step 5: Bibliography


Write a bibliography for all the sources used to collect your background information. Please use APA style.

APA style is one of several different writing formats used for publications, papers, essays, and books today. This particular style is established by the American Psychological Association, and used by professionals in psychology and many other sciences. So, what does this have to do with you? APA style is also one of the most common styles taught at and used by colleges and high schools.   ........definition from:

Noodle Tools

  • Open NoodeTools
  • Choose citation style for your project. (APA format for Science Fair project)
  • Select website from the drop down menu; Click Create Citation.
  • Fill out the information for your source as completely as you can. Ask for help if needed.
  • Click Submit.
  • Copy and paste your citation into your Word document.
  • Format your Word document correctly for APA Reference page. There is a sample on the Library webpage and in your packet.
  • Save your Reference page document to your documents!

Types of Source

What type of source am I using? Before you can cite anything, you need to be aware of the type of source you are using. Especially when you are working on information found online, this can get confusing. Click here for a website to help you decide the type of source.

APA Reference Page Formatting

APA Reference Page Formatting
Page Format: Use the heading “References” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page, without underlining or quotation marks.
Spacing: Double-space throughout the list.
Sources: Cite only the sources you actually used in the paper.
Indentation: Do not indent the first line. Indent the second and subsequent lines of each entry 5 spaces or one-half inch
Alphabetizing: List the works alphabetically by author or by the first main word of the title if there is no author. Arrange two or more works by the same author from oldest to most recent, by year of publication.

Click on the example of a reference page for more information. Once the link opens, click on "REFERENCE LIST" for details on formatting in APA style. 

Image of APA References Page


APA Format Sources

Purdue OWL: APA Foramtting: Creating a Works Cited Page

Sample from Science Buddies