A reference list is essentially a list of all of the resources that you have used in your paper. If you cite a resource in your writing or if you used an in-text citation anywhere, you will need to create a full citation for that resources and include it in your references page.
The reference page should adhere to the following rules:
- The reference page is double spaced.
- The title, “References," is centered.
- The reference page may have any of the following titles, depending the requirements laid out by instructors: "References," "Works Cited," or "Bibliography."
- All sources listed in the reference list have been used at least once in the paper.
- All sources on the list include:
- Publication date
- Publication Information
- Other relevant retrieval information
- Every line after the first line of each entry in the list is indented ½ inch from margin. This is called a "hanging indent."
- All references have been checked for proper punctuation, formatting, parentheses and brackets, and appropriate retrieval information, particularly for electronic sources.
- Reference sources are alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
- For multiple resources by the same author: list resources chronologically, with the earliest published work listed first.
- If a work has no author, use the title of the work to alphabetize it.
NOTE: Entries in the reference list should not be numbered or bulleted.