How to write references for your paper?

Why should I write a bibliography? When writing an essay or a school paper, it is often requested that you add a bibliography at the end of the document, so as to precisely quote one's sources. A bibliography is a very important part of the paper, because it allows the readers, and therefore the correctors, to refer to books and other documents you have read to write your document.

How to write references for your paper?

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Quoting your sources requires that you follow a few rules, the most important thing is to remember to date the references and to meet the main requirements.


Quoting books
Quoting articles
Websites and other online documents
Quoting movies or TV shows


Quoting books

When quoting books, the author's last name comes first, then his first name. Italicise the title of the book and note the edition, the place of publication, the publisher and the year it was published.

Eg.: Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: Maxtor France, 2016.


Quoting articles

The same applies to articles, the author's last name comes first, then his first name. Note the title of the article. Italicise the name of the magazine and note the date.

Eg.: Rice, Doyle. 'Climate emergency' is Oxford Dictionary's word of the year. USA Today. 3 December 2019.

Also, remember that the references of authors are written in alphabetical order.


Websites and other online documents

Be careful, the sources on the Internet have to be precise, the whole link needs to be written.

One should not put a full stop at the end of the link if you do this, the reader will not be able to access the page, as the link would not be accurate.
The author's last name, his first name. The company. The year. The title of the document. The website's name. The URL (and the date you accessed it).

Eg.: Nunez, Christina. 2019. What is global warming, explained. National Geographic.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/global-warming-overview/ (accessed 2020-08-20).


Quoting movies or TV shows

Italicise the movie's name. The producer's first name and last name. The distributor, the year of release. The medium.

Eg.: Wall Street, Oliver Stone. 20th Century Fox, 1987. Film.


When writing an essay or another school paper, you have to make sure to note down the references used along with the research, so that none of them are forgotten.

A bibliography allows you to quote sources, sentences, extracts and so on while complying with copyrights. In a paper, quotes are often put between quotation marks so that the reader knows it isn't an original sentence, but someone else's work.

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