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What is the difference between a reference list and a bibliography?

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2016  |  90 Views
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Whether you need a reference list or a bibliography at the end of an assignment will depend on the referencing style used in your subject. 

  • APA style requires you generate a reference list
  • Chicago Footnotes requires you generate a bibliography

There are some similarities in the way they look but the major difference is in what they contain:

  • A reference list contains only the resources you cited/referenced in the text of your assignment
  • A bibliography contains all the resources cited in your assignment as well as those that were consulted but not actually cited

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