Bibliography, Referencing and Bibliographic Citation: What Makes a Difference in Academic/Scholarly Writing?

Busari, Ismail Taiwo


This is a position paper that discussed academic writing in relation to bibliography, citation, and referencing. It specifically examined what distinguish bibliography from referencing as the two terms are erroneously believed to refer to the same thing. Academic writing as one of the most important issues in the intellectual environment wass critically looked at in the paper as well as its various forms and reasons for it. The three concepts of bibliography, referencing, and citation were also addressed. A highlight of various referencing styles that can be used in scholarly writing was also not left unmentioned. Particular emphasis with samples wass laid on American Psychological Association (APA) style. The paper was concluded by making some recommendations for academic writing scholars.

Keywords: Academic Writing, Bibliography, Citation, and Referencing.

DOI: 10.7176/IKM/9-9-04

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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