A reference page is the most important aspect of a term paper as it consists of the compilation of all the sources cited. A reference page of a term paper is numbered consecutively as other pages where you have included the introduction, the main body and the conclusion. Following are five important steps to guide you to properly reference the term paper.
Title your Reference Page
Name your reference page on the top as Work Cited and centre it. Avoid underlining or using quotation marks the title. Your reference page must be a separate page of your term paper and follow the numbering order as other pages.
Use Citations in Alphabetical Order
Make sure to double space all the citations but avoid using spaces in the same line. Put the author’s last name and page number using parenthesis for in-text citations separated by a comma.
Use Italics and Underlining
For magazines, books and film titles use italics and underlining. Use quotation marks for poems, short stories and newspaper or magazine articles.
Citing a Book
When citing a particular book use the following style. Last name of the author, first name, book title, place where the book is published, publisher and year of publication. For instance Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol (underlined). London: Penguin Books, 1847.
Citing a Newspaper Article
Follow this style to cite a newspaper article. Last name of the author, First name. Title of article. Newspaper name. Publication date, page number. For example: Bodo, Pete. “The Unmatched Rivalry.” New York Times. 5th Feb. 2008.
This is how you use citations when writing a reference page. For more citation styles kindly follow a book for more examples.