Alphabetizing Bibliography Rules
How do I alphabetize a title that starts with a number in my works-cited list?
When you alphabetize your works-cited list, treat numbers in titles as though they were spelled out.
Let’s say, for example, you need to alphabetize entries for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, along with two entries for lyrics to songs by Radiohead thought to be inspired by Orwell’s novels, “2 + 2 = 5” and “Optimistic.” Treat 1984 as Nineteen Eighty-Four and “2 + 2 = 5” as “Two plus Two Equals Five,” and alphabetize the entries by their titles accordingly:
Orwell, George. Animal Farm: A Fairy Story. 1946. Plume, 2003.
—. 1984. 1949. Introduction by Julian Symons, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
Radiohead. “Optimistic.” MetroLyrics, CBS Interactive, 2016, www.metrolyrics.com/optimistic-lyrics-radiohead.html.
—. “2 + 2 = 5.” MetroLyrics, CBS Interactive, 2016, www.metrolyrics.com/2-2-5-lyrics-radiohead.html.
If there is no author and the entry begins with the title, you would follow the same principle.
Published 18 October 2016
Here's the MLA rule: When there is no author listed for a work, you still have to list that work alphabetically in your Works Cited page by using the first significant word of the title. In other words, MLA requires that the whole Works Cited be alphabetized regardless of whether the word has quotes as a title, or is an author, or whatever word begins the entry.
Here's what I want:
Here's What I Keep Getting (Author, Title):
I will have about 25 pages of bibliography - I'm all set to do a copy/format independently; the only problem is that all the sort features tend to see the lack of author on my newspaper clippings as "empty" and therefore they all just flop to the top. I have TONS of these, and don't want to have to manually alphabetize. I've spent the whole day looking for how to solve this so your help is greatly appreciated. PLEASE tell me I'm missing something! (And yes, I know I have to do a hanging indent, but this page took them out : )
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