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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2016     Views: 1297

A reference list:

  • Appears at the end of a paper or presentation
  • 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 get it later if they want
    • Who did it (author)
    • When they did it (date of publication)
    • What they did (title)
    • How to get it (varies by format of material)

Reference items are sometimes called sources. Please see our APA Citation Guide for examples, handouts, a sample paper along video tutorials. Our NoodleTools Guide also provides a citation tool "NoodleBib" that will aid in creation of a references page. There are also other "answers" in this database to help you with specific types of references (APA references for books, movies, DVDs, websites, and more).

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