Great Tips On How To Format The Bibliography In Your Dissertation.

You may have spent weeks and months on your dissertation, and now you are just at the point where you need to get everything typed up, proofread, edited and proofread again. Hopefully these really great tips will help you to format the bibliography. It is important to remember that the Bibliography is just as important as the other sections in your work.

  • Tip 1: Appreciate the importance of the bibliography. Sometimes the way that you have used the references that you have cited may be the crucial component in the decision of whether you work is deemed acceptable or not.
  • Tip 2: It is always a good idea to not just look at, but to scrutinise the way that other papers in your field of study have formatted their papers. This will not only give you the chance to visualise your own work but will help you to become more critical.
  • Tip 3: Take time out to read thorough the information that you have been given about the referencing style that you need to use. If you have lost the information you will probably be able to access it online from your school or university.
  • Tip 4: Search for any updates in the formatting style, and make sure that you are using the most up to date version. There may be subtle difference between versions and that may make the difference of a few marks in your work.
  • Tip 5: Ideally you should have been adding references to your bibliography as you have worked on your paper. You can do this by accessing 'references' on your word processor tool bar. Access the correct formatting style.
  • Tip 6: The reference section does not just come at the end of your paper. Preferably you need to have one at the end of each chapter. Do make sure you know which version is the one that is required.
  • Tip 7: Make sure that you use other formatting directives such as size of margins; font and size of font; line spacing (which should actually be single lined space in this section but double spaced between entries).
  • Tip 8: The usual form for entries to the section are: Names of the author/s; Title of the work:The source where the work can be found: Date of Publication you need to make sure that you have all of this information.
  • Tip 9: Some articles may have been sourced from journals so the issue and page number needs to be added as well If you downloaded articles from the internet, you need to cite where the article can be originally found.
  • Tip 10: Do make a final check on this section before you submit your paper. Treat this section to the same amount of proof-reading that you would apply to any of the other chapters in your work.

Good Luck.