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Writing a bibliography

A bibliography is a list of all resources used and it should be attached to all pieces of work.

Copying work directly from resources is plagiarism and will be heavily penalised.

Students should acknowledge resources used in writing their work. This can be done via the footnotes or within the body of the text. Your teachers can assist you with this skill.

Harvard style of bibliography

Here are some examples of the Harvard style of bibliography:

Books

When referencing books in your bibliography include the following information in this order:

  1. Authors surname, initials. (full stop) [If the book was edited by this person add (Ed.)]
  2. Year of publication. (in brackets, full stop)
  3. Title of the book. (underlined, full stop)
  4. Place of publication: (colon)
  5. Publisher. (full stop)

Example of book reference

Freeman, L. (Ed.) (2002). John Main, Essential Writings. Marynoll: Orbis

Reference Books

When referencing reference books in your bibliography include the following information in this order:

  1. Title of the book. (underline, full stop)
  2. Year of publication. (in brackets, full stop)
  3. Place of publication: (colon)
  4. Publisher. (full stop)

Example of reference book reference

The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Human Evolution. (1992). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Newspaper or Magazine articles

When referencing newspaper or magazine articles in your bibliography include the following information in this order:

  1. Author's surname, initials. (full stop)
  2. Year of publication. (in brackets, full stop)
  3. Title of article. (full stop)
  4. Title of the newspaper or magazine. (underlined, full stop)
  5. Date of publication, (comma)
  6. Page numbers of article. (full stop)

Example of newspaper reference

Scrinis, G. (1999). Cloning: Just Say No. The Age. 15 March, p 13.

Internet 

When referencing internet content in your bibliography include the following information in this order:

  1. Author's surname, initials. (full stop)
  2. Year of publication. (in brackets, full stop)
  3. Title. (underlined, full stop)
  4. [Internet]. (in square brackets) (full stop)
  5. Place of publication (if known), (comma)
  6. Publisher. (if known) (full stop)
  7. Available from: [Accessed date, in square brackets]. (full stop)

Example of internet reference

Beasley, Maurine H. (2001). Roosevelt Eleanor. [Internet]. Chicago, World Book Inc. 
Available from : http://www.worldbookonline.com [11 June, 2004].

Bibliography worksheet

To help you categorise and organise your resources download the bibliography worksheet.

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