Bibliography basics

Keep track of your resources

At the end of every published piece of academic research is a bibliography, or list of any books or other resources that the author has referred to or used during the course of the research.

Referencing other papers is an important way of communicating research and supporting a strong scientific community. Not only does it show your own research to be transparent and thorough, it also allows others to follow up on a piece of research that they find most interesting – perhaps for their own research.

Recording all of this information is daunting, and it’s easy to make small errors. Consider using free bibliography software to help you; some students use Mendeley or Zotero. Whichever approach you use, the most important point is to be consistent.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in August 2015.

Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development