Creating a Bibliography or Reference List
OK, so I am supposed to be editing my thesis but I wish I had known this at the start. Well, I probably did but not what was needed. This is just the "lite" version so if you are starting out on higher studies, you don't have to feel overwhelmed with reading!
Creating a Bibliography or a Reference List
If you are writing an academic paper you need to write a list of all the books and articles you read and quoted or summarised. It creates credibility for your paper (I know what's going on in my field and who is working in it and I know the arguments) and it means you are less likely (though not totally guaranteed) to be accused of plagiarism.
What's the Difference?
A bibliography is a list of all the books and articles, etc that you have read. A reference list is a list of
the articles you have cited in your paper. Some disciplines need references, some need a bibliography. Check
with your supervisor.
1. Start Straightaway
As soon as you start creating a piece of writing, or begin your studies, take careful note of all the books
and articles you read. Keep the references in the system you are going to use (see point 2) but even if you
don't yet know keep a record of at least the article title, the author(s) names, the publisher and the date
of publication and the editor if it is a book with a collection of articles.
2. Check out which referencing system you are going to have to use
Many academic institutions use the Harvard referencing system. Different journals may use different systems.
Check them out.
3. Keep Your list and update it
As you read something, IMMEDIATELY note the details. If you find a useful passage, note it and keep a note of
the page or paragraph you found it. If you found it online, keep a note of the URL and the date you accessed
4. Make a Table
I am using a spreadsheet to keep the details but some people prefer to use a table created in their word
processing document. Whichever you use, keep the list in alphabetical order. It's easier to start out that
way than to try and reorder it. But re-ordering is easier in a spreadsheet. My spreadsheet has the following
headings: Citation (this is what I will use in the text, e.g. (Jones, 2014)), article title (exactly as
published), Author(s), Publisher, date of publication, Location (For online resources)
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