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What is Bibliography

Updated on September 28, 2011

Bibliography is a list which includes the citations and references for all your research work. It gives the detailed information about the name of the book or journal or article, name of the author, the date and year of publication, and the page number that you have referred to while writing your own document or paper. So, if you are writing any paper, make sure to include a list of bibliography and cite all the references to make your study and research paper look more reliable and useful.

Bibliography is helpful to you in case of background studies; as with the help of bibliography list, you can easily come to know about the source of a particular set of information. This proves to be helpful in getting detailed information about a particular topic. Bibliography list helps you to fully understand and gain in-depth knowledge of the terms and sentences that you might not be familiar with. Wikipedia also make use of bibliography ([1]) and include all relevant sources at the end of the article under ‘References’ section.

Role of Bibliography – How Bibliography helps

Bibliography plays an important role for those who are writing or planning to write their own thesis and research work. If you are writing your own research paper, always provide a list of all the references that you have taken for your research work at the end. This bibliographic list protects you from being a victim of ‘Plagiarism’. Plagiarism means that your work is not original; and you have copied the work of some other author. If you do not cite the references for your work, it will increase the chances of percentage of plagiarism.

It is very important and necessary to provide bracketed numbers ([1], [2]…) in the lines that you have referred from some other source. This makes it very easy for the other person to know that which reference has been taken from which source. Give bracketed numbers on all the references of your work, and then create a bibliography list accordingly at the end, and be safe from becoming the victim of plagiarism.


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      Anuj Agarwal 6 years ago from Noida

      Thanks for dropping by MsDora. Hope, you will enjoy my other hubs as well.

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Remember learning to create bibliographies. For those who write, it is very important. Thanks for the reminders. Will read more of your hubs on writing.