Day 4. Formatting your reference list
Over the last 3 days we have looked at the 3 main information sources you will be using in your assignment, academic books, journal articles and online documents/websites. It is important that your reference list provides all the information in order for your lecturers to be able to find the source if they wanted.
It is also important that it is formatted in the correct APA style. This is sometimes where students struggle and spend a long time manually formatting their lists; however there are a number of tools in word that can make this process quicker and easier for you.
- The reference list should start on a new page.
- Your reference list should include everything you have cited in your assignment NOT everything you have read (which is called a bibliography).
- It should be alphabetical according to author’s surname.
- It should be double-spaced and indented.
If we use all the resources we have looked at over the last 3 days my reference list would look like this:
To do this is 3 easy steps in word, firstly highlight the reference list, then select the icon A-Z from the options, then to double space and indent the list choose the small arrow next to paragraph and from the options choose Special>Hanging, then Line spacing>double.To show you how to format the list using the tools in word I have done a short screencast. Click here to watch it.
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