A bibliography or reference list is a complete list of all the books, articles, and other information sources you have used to help you write your essay or assignment. It should be arranged alphabetically by the author's surname.
What's the difference between a bibliography and a reference list?
A bibliography is a list of all the resources that have been read in the researching of your assignment, but not necessarily used. A reference list includes only the resources that have been used and cited in your assignment.
Why should I reference my work?
There are a number of different styles of referencing. TAFE NSW uses the Harvard Referencing System (also known as the 'author-date' system). Check with your teacher that this is the style they would like you to use.
In-text references (citations) are used within the body of your assignment when you paraphrase or quote someone else's ideas or opinions.
Full details must then be recorded in your bibliography or reference list.
Below is a sample bibliography (or reference list) entry for a book using this system:
Author's surname, Authors initial(s), year of publication, Title (underlined or in italics), edition (if there is one), Publisher, Place of publication.
Example: Bee, H 1998, Lifespan development, 2nd edn, Longman, New York.
Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create a bibliography and intext citations as you type your assignment.
An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic. It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source.
Try this great guide from the University of New South Wales - it contains links to more information and other examples.
The Devonshire Study Bugs attend a lecture that tells them the difference between a reference, citation and bibliography. University of Derby, Devonshire Library (Buxton)
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