The Bibliography or List of References appears after the Body of the Document. It is a complete listing of all cited resources used to create your document. Even though Journal Model authors may have individual Reference sections for each article, this complete Reference list of all citations must appear at the end of the entire manuscript.
Reference lists are formatted according to the instructions provided by the most recent edition of your chosen style manual. In some cases, style manuals do not contain up-to-date instructions on documentation of electronic publications (i.e., E-mail, software, electronic journals, etc.), government documents, or legal documents. When the department’s style manual fails to provide sufficient instructions regarding bibliographic documentation, it is suggested that the student consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) or a style manual associated with their discipline. Specialized style manuals for citing legal material and electronic information are available in the Newton Gresham Library.
NOTE: The example List of References below is based on the APA Style Manual (American Psychological Association).
CHECKLIST FOR BODY OF THESIS
- Includes a complete listing of all resources cited in the document.
- Appropriately formatted according to chosen style guide. Should be double-spaced throughout with no extra spacing unless chosen style guide dictates otherwise.
What's an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is the full citation of a source followed by notes and commentary about a source. The word “annotate” means “critical or explanatory notes” and the word “bibliography” means “a list of sources”. Annotations are meant to be critical in addition to being descriptive. Annotated bibliographies are useful because they present a list of resources that others can use for research, and each resource has information that describes what is in it and that evaluates it (describes what makes it unique, useful, or helpful).
Take a look at the Annotated Bibliography page of the APA Guide for more information. In the APA Guide you will find a short video explaining the process, anatomy of an annotated bibliography, formatting guidelines, and examples.