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How to write a bibliography?

 

 

What is it for?

A bibliography is the list of the documents you used to write a paper or dissertation.

 

It has two purposes:

  • demonstrating the quality of your work: your arguments are backed by your research

  • allowing the verification of your work: your reader might be interested in some of your sources and look for the document that inspired you

 

Where to place it?

A bibliography is generally placed at the end of your paper. You can also insert a shorter bibliography at the end of each part or chapter.

 

How to organize references?

A bibliography must follow a structure, which can be either:

  • chronological

  • thematic: you can use the different parts of your paper

  • by document type: first books, then articles, etc...

In any case, references are listed alphabetically by author.

 

How to present references?

References are displayed following a norm: several norm exist.

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