Our citation generator is great for automatically compiling your bibliographies, but it’s still important you know the process of creating a bibliography manually, and the reasons why citing your sources is necessary.
For these reasons we have prepared the following set of guides to assist you.
In higher education when ever you include a fact or piece of information in an assignment or essay you must also include where and how you found that piece of information. Even if you ‘just know it’ – it has to have come from somewhere. This is because in higher education assignment writing you are not just being tested on what you know, but rather what you are able to find out and what you think it means.
Details about where you found the information utilised to write your assignment are kept in two chapters right at the very end, called the reference list and bibliography. The reference list is where you list the direct quotes or paraphrased findings of another author. The bibliography is where you list sources you’ve read for background information, but did not directly include in your work. In addition, a small mention to the author and publish year, within brackets, must be given in the main body of your assignment wherever you make a reference.
To make the reference list and bibliography consistent and easy to read across different papers there are predefined styles stating how to set them out – these are called citation styles. Different subjects prefer to each use different styles. The following are the most popular:
Regardless of what subject you’re writing for, you should use the style your university and tutor recommend and you must not mix-and-match. At the moment Cite This For Me generates references for the APA, MLA, and Harvard referencing systems only.