How should my references look?
No matter how diligent you are about citing every source you consult, if your references aren't presented in a systematic, consistent way, the people reading your work are going to become frustrated when trying to track down the sources you have used.
The trick is to adopt a suitable citation style, for the citations in the text and for the list at the end, and use it throughout your piece of work. There is no one ‘right’ style – many publishers and organisations have come up with rules which dictate how the references in the text and in the list at the end are presented.
On the next page you will find two versions of the same piece of text. Look carefully at them and make a note of
- What is different
- What is the same