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Scholarly Resources: Bibliography

Scholarly sources always have a bibliography.

  • Scholarly information builds upon the previous work of experts. Scholarly resources always cite this work in the bibliography.
  • The bibliography may be called "Works Cited", "References", or something similar. It lists all the sources the author used to write this paper.

A research project generally starts with a literature review, where the researchers find what's already known on the topic. From there, they decide what the next step in research should be, and they plan their study accordingly.

  • The paper they write to describe their research includes the bibliography of what was known beforehand.

Look for a bibliography that is a reasonable length for the paper.

  • It may be several pages long. (By the way, this is an excellent source of information for you to find other useful papers on a topic.)

Be sure the bibliography includes other scholarly works. All of these works should be cited somewhere in the paper. If you read the paper, you'll know how they apply to the research performed.


This completes the section on bibliographies and the main J-A-B section.  Return to the Scholarly Resources page  or proceed to read about Sources.