Writing Dissertations

Which sections go into a dissertation

Reference List/Bibliography

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Reference list

A page where you give the detailed references for all source materials you have used in your paper. Anything that you quote, paraphrase or refer to that was written or stated by someone other than yourself.


Bibliography

A page where you give the detailed references for all source materials you have read. It doesn't matter if you have referred to them in the paper or not; if you looked at them in your research, list them here.

But which should you use?
Some dissertations have a reference list, some have a bibliography, some have both. Ask your supervisor, and look at past papers in your subject to find out which to use.

For details on how to write different kinds of references, visit Successful Referencing (opens in a new window).

P
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The Reference list and/or Bibliography will be the very last section of your paper, before the appendices.


Finally, the last section of the dissertation, the Appendices.