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Answered By: Kate Anderson, Business Librarian Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016 Views: 1620
A reference list (sometimes called reference page):
- Appears at the end of a paper, presentation, or project
- Is a listing of all of the materials referred to (cited, quoted, paraphrased, summarized) in the paper
- Includes complete information about the materials so the reader can find it later
- Who wrote/created it (author)
- When they created it (date of publication)
- What the source is called (title)
- Where to find it (varies by format of material)
Items within a reference page/list are sometimes called sources, references or citations.
In-text citations appear inside a paper and tell the reader:
- That the a specific portion of the information comes from an outside source, not from the author of the paper
- That there is a "matching" item in the reference list that they can look at for complete information about the source of the information