Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 3601
A reference list is a list of the publication information for the sources you’ve cited in your paper and is intended to give your readers all the information they need to find those sources. In other publication styles, this list may be called a bibliography or a works cited page, but APA uses the term reference list. Here are a few things to keep in mind about reference lists:
- Only list sources you cite in your text. Do not include sources you read but did not cite.
- Double-space your list and use a hanging indent for each reference. (View resources on creating hanging indents and double-spacing your work on the Academic Skills Center's website.)
- Organize your references alphabetically by the author's last name.
- Include a reference list in every paper in which you cite outside material.
- Do note bold the title of the list.
- Check out more reference list tips on the Writing Center's website.
- Note that there are specific reference entry formatting requirements for different source types.
- You can also download the Course Paper template and scroll down to the bottom for a correctly formatted sample reference list.
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