Assignment #7


Due:  November 29


For your final project, you will create a bibliography based on your research question and research you have done in previous assignments.  The bibliography will be saved as a web page and you will create links to all online sources that you cite.

The bibliography must include the following:

  • Your research question.
  • Search Worksheet: Include a general search worksheet for your research question (as shown in the Model Bibliography).
  • Citations for sources (books, articles and web pages or web sites) relevant to your research question. 

  • List at least 7 sources relevant to your research question and arrange them in MLA bibliographic format (in alphabetical order) as explained in Citing Sources.

Minimum requirements for different types of sources that must be included within the total of 7:

  • At least 1 source should be a book.
    McChesney, Robert Waterman. Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle against Corporate Media. New York: Seven Stories, 2002.
    Note:  Even if you find information for a book from a web site or a periodical article, you should still only provide the book information; do not include information for the web page or periodical article. (The only exception to this is if you are citing an online book, in which case you should follow the examples shown on the “Citing Sources” page.)

  • At least 2 sources should be magazine or journal articles (more scholarly journals are preferred, but this will depend on the topic.)
    Alter, Jonathan. "Big Media Gets Even Bigger" Newsweek 24 Jan. 2000: 42. InfoTrac OneFile. Gale Group. 18 Mar. 2004.    <!ar_fmt?sw_aep=plan_skyline>.

  • If the topic is a current or recent issue, at least 1 source should be a newspaper article.
    Marks, Alexandra. "New Media Alliances Test Press Objectivity." Christian Science Monitor 2 July1996: 1. InfoTrac Newspapers. Gale Group. 1 Mar. 2004. <!ar_fmt?sw_aep=plan_skyline>.

  • At least 2 sources should be web pages.
    Shah, Hemant. "Journalism in an Age of Mass Media Globalization." International Development Studies Network. 6 Nov. 2000. IDSNet. 5 Mar. 2004. <>.

  • Additional sources (to add up to a total of at least 7) may be any type of source.


Organize the citations for all of the required sources into a single list in alphabetical order using MLA format following the directions below (using the Model Bibliography as a template). This is the same as writing a paper with Microsoft Word except you will save your file as a web page and you will create hyperlinks to web pages and to articles from databases, as explained below.

To develop your final project into a web page, you should:

  1. Go to the Model Bibliography webpage
  2. Save the Model Bibliography webpage on your computer.
    When saving, change the file name to: yourlastname.html (use your real last name for yourlastname)
    and in Internet Explorer, change "Save as Type" to: 
    Web page, html only (*.htm, *.html)

    This gives you a basic outline of the final project web page into which you can copy or enter your data.

  3. Open this file using Microsoft Word.
  4. Delete the data from the model project, but keep the search worksheet.
  5. Copy or enter the data for your research question.
  6. Create hyperlinks for your sources by following the instructions below:

a. Type in the URL (web address) for the webpage or article. Be sure to always start a URL with: http:// and end with a space.

If you follow step a. correctly, Microsoft Word should automatically make the address a hyperlink and this will be indicated by the URL becoming blue underlined letters. If this does not work for some reason, or if you want to make any other words that do not start with http:// into a hyperlink, follow steps b - d below.

b. Highlight the URL or other words that you want to make into a hyperlink.

c. Use the Insert pull-down menu and click on Hyperlink (Ctrl-K is a short cut)

d. In the box that says "Address," enter the URL (web address) for the webpage or article you want to link to. Be sure to always start a URL with: http://

NOTE: For database articles that have very long URLs (e.g. an InfoTrac article address such as: <!ar_fmt?sw_aep=plan_skyline> ),
you may shorten the URL for your bibliography (e.g., <> ), but you must include the complete URL in the hyperlink address box.


E-mail your final project web page—saved in Word as a web page (*.html file)—as an attached file to: Eric Brenner at:     

If you are not sure how to send an email message with an attachment, please contact your instructor for help.



1)  Are the information sources included in your bibliography relevant to your topic?

2)  Are the citations presented according to correct MLA style – in terms of both formatting and punctuation?

3)  Is the overall bibliography free of typographical errors, and in general, produced and presented with care?

4)  Do the links work?


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last revised: 11-21-05 by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA

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