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Title: Bibliographies
Post by: zoraida-rivera on December 02, 2015, 01:31 PM
I'll be submitting some articles soon and would appreciate your opinion on what style you use in your bibliographies. Is it APA, MLA, Chicago or another? Do children's writer use one style more frequently to submit to magazines or publishers? I use MLA or Chicago, mainly. Any insight into this matter is much appreciated. https://www.scbwi.org/boards/Smileys/default/soccer.gif
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: lauriew on December 02, 2015, 02:18 PM
I always use MLA, but then again, I'm working on my MFA, and that's what they want. I would certainly say not to use APA. As far as I know, that's really only used for psych papers. In the end, I don't think it matters that much one way or the other, so use the one you're most comfortable with.
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: RebeccaL-G on December 02, 2015, 05:55 PM
The publishing house I've worked with uses Chicago, so I use that.  When you use BibMe you can input the info and click which style you want to use (which I love).  I think so long as you choose a style and use it consistently in the article it probably doesn't matter which you use.
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: Vijaya on December 02, 2015, 06:00 PM
Just be consistent, as Rebecca says, with whatever style you use. I use both Chicago and MLA.
Vijaya
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: zoraida-rivera on December 03, 2015, 08:49 AM
Thank you, Laurie, Rebecca and Vijaya. Laurie, weren't you at PiBoIdMo? I recognize your book. I would love to write one. There's so many interesting people from Puerto Rico. I have a few in mind.  I've written some articles about famous leaders for a cultural magazine. I have some research done already. Can you suggest a book on the topic or a website?  Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge. https://www.scbwi.org/boards/Smileys/default/yippee.gif
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: lauriew on December 03, 2015, 11:45 AM
That's a great idea, and it's fun to research and write biographies. My best suggestion is to read a bunch of recent ones. The reason for recent is that the "rules" for biographies have changed. It used to be you could have your characters speak, even if you didn't know the person actually said those words. No more. Nowadays, there's much more emphasis on historical accuracy. Good luck.
Title: Re: Bibliographies
Post by: zoraida-rivera on December 03, 2015, 03:23 PM
Laurie, I have a non-fiction article where I present two historical figures talking. Does that apply to articles, too? Thanks for answering my questions.