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Inventions: Bibliography / Works Cited

7th Grade Informational Research Project

When you research information, you are learning new information that you may not have known already.

When you use this information in school projects, you need to give credit to the authors and sources where you got this information.

Show your teacher where you got your facts and research from by listing all of the sources you used.


We call our list of sources a Bibliography or Works Cited.

Your Works Cited should:

  • be listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name (or first important word in the title if there is no author). 
  • use hanging indentations on the second line (and third, etc.)
  • be included at the end of your research


Database Citation

If you are citing a source from any of the following databases...


look for a "cite" button like this...


and then copy the MLA citation from the list of options.


Sample MLA Citations


Jones, Charlotte Foltz. Mistakes That Worked: the World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be.

       Delacorte Press, 2016., 10-12.


Ament, Phil. "Duct Tape History." The Great Idea Finder, 2007,

Patent (example is for a Band-Aid):

Dickson, Earle. "Surgical Dressing." Patent 1,612,267. 29 December 1925.


MLA Infographic