What is a reference list?
A Reference List is an indication of all of the sources that you used to write your research paper. This includes anything that you summarize, paraphrase or quote in your assignment. If you borrow an idea to include in your paper, you need to make a reference to the source of the idea in your reference list.
Why are reference lists important?
Reference lists are important for three main reasons:
Here are the characteristics of a reference list:
To create an accurate reference list entry, you will need to decide which citation style you will use and then determine the type of source you are working with (book, magazine, blog, etc). It is important to carefully follow the order, capitalization, punctuation, and font formatting for your style and source type.
As mentioned already, the citation style you use often depends on the program you are taking and sometimes even the course. Always check with your professor to see if a specific citation style is expected for your assignment reference list.
Here is a sample entry in a reference list for an online journal article using the APA citation style:
Here is a sample reference list page using the MLA citation style:
The Sheridan Library has Citation Style Guides that can help you create accurate reference lists, no matter what citation style you use.