Some students think that a research paper reference page, works cited and bibliography are the same things. In fact, they are not the same. The only common thing about them is that all of them should be present in your work.
Let us try to explain you what is the difference between a research paper reference page and the other two items. Actually, a research paper reference page can be also called works cited. Both works cited and research paper reference page will appear at the end of your work, and will be organized in alphabetical order. Besides, research paper reference page is used for APA style, while works cited is used for MLA.
Bibliography is different from both research paper reference page and works cited. Works sited is a list of the works that were actually cited within your paper. Bibliography is a list of all sources that you have used to write your research paper.
Still, there are some general rules of organizing a research paper reference page, works cited and bibliography.
- All the sources should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the last name of the author. You will have to give the author’s last name, then first name and, if available, the first letter of the middle name (Marshal, Nick O.).
- If the work does not have an author, you will add it to your research paper reference page (works cited, bibliography) according to its title. Take into account that the articles “a”, “an”, “the” in the title should not be taken into consideration. For instance, if the title is something like “The New Lexicon Dictionary”, it will appear in your research paper reference page according to the word “New”.
- You also have to remember that the sources should not be numbered or split into categories like “articles” or “books”.
So, these are the general rules of organizing your research paper reference page, works cited and bibliography. Still, they will have some other peculiarities depending on a certain style.