is a list of documents consulted but not necessarily referred to in a specific essay or assignment. A bibliography can also be a comprehensive list of works on a specific subject, for example, The Bibliography of Bioethics. When researching a topic it is a good idea to prepare a bibliography for your own use, even if you need to cite only some of these items in the Works Cited list in your essay or assignment.
Citation or referencing style
is the method used to format your citations. Some commonly used formats are MLA, Chicago, APA, Vancouver and Footnote-Endnote.
are the necessary parts of a reference. A few examples of these elements are: author, title, edition, date of publication, internet address, etc.
is a generic term used to describe documents available from the internet or from databases or published in a digitised format.
In text citations
are a method of signalling to the reader of your work that the words or ideas quoted or referred to at that point are not your own. The method for acknowledging the source document will vary according to the citation style you are using. Ensure that enough information is given to locate the full reference in the Works Cited list.
is an accurate and complete description of a document. A document may be a book, a journal article, a videorecording, an email, or an internet site, to name a few. The reference should include sufficient descriptive elements to identify and locate the document.