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Writing a bibliography

A bibliography is a list of all the sources that you used to make your eportfolio. This includes all books, magazines, newspapers, websites, interviews and TV programmes.

There is a standard way of laying them out that you MUST follow. This is:

  1. Author - put the last name first.
  2. Title - this should be underlined and in quotation marks.
  3. Publisher - in a book this is usually located on one of the first few pages.
  4. Date - the date/year the book/article was published.

Put each source on a single line, with a comma between each and a full stop at the end. You should arrange them in alphabetical order of the author's surname. You should also make sure that the list is double-spaced.

Use the example below as a guide:

Books Fleming, Ian, 'Diamonds are Forever', Penguin Books, 1957.

Jon Spencer, Architect, interviewed on 3/3/2005.

Website http://www.bbc.co.uk/dida, 'Dangers of the Internet', June 2005.

Bibliography advice

  • It is best to keep your bibliography up to date as you go through each project.
  • Keep a word processor file called Bibliography open whenever you are working on your project. Add to it whenever you do some research.
  • Remember to list authors and sources in alphabetical order.
  • Remember it is fine to use secondary sources to gather information for your project, but you cannot just reproduce them. It would be plagiarism [plagiarism: copy a piece of work and passing it off as your own ] and could infringe copyright [copyright: gives the creator of an original piece of work control over its publication, distribution and adaptation ].
  • You don't need to have several pages of references, just put in the things you used. Don't add things just for the sake of it.
  • You will probably need between 10 and 20 references for most projects.
  • Don't put search engines down in your bibliography. It is the information that you found that is the important thing to include.

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