When I write an essay or paper, I want the professor to know exactly how much work I put into it. I don’t want them to think I sat down after a long night of watching TV, typed out the first thing that came to my head and finished twenty minutes before class, even if the paper is still warm from the printer when I hand it in. One way to show how much research you did on your paper, as well as provide authority to your statements and facts is to be sure to have a good bibliography attached to it. This reflects highly on your ability to sustain the kind of writing and research needed for a college degree. It’s important to know how to write a bibliography.
A bibliography is a list of all the resources you used in researching and preparing for your paper. When you are looking up facts and researching ideas for your paper, make sure the first thing you do is write down or copy the book, journal, or webpage URL that you used. Even if you don’t end up using a quotation from that source in your final draft of the paper, it was used in the creation of your work and that’s the purpose of the bibliography. In most college degree classes a bibliography will be expected as a part of your writing and research efforts.
The information to put in your bibliography includes the name of the book or resource, the author of the article, the date the book or resource was published and the publisher of the information. For websites, the full URL should be entered along with any author name and website publishing data available on the site. The bibliography is usually alphabetized by the author’s last name. This list goes a long way to add weight and respectability to the work you have completed and shows your professor you are writing at the level of someone worthy of a college degree. Make sure you and the authors, who made your paper possible, get all the credit they deserve.