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Keep a record as you go

You need a systematic way to note and remember where you got your information from.

Make sure you record details such as the author, title, source, and in the case of internet resources the URL and the date you have accessed the sites. You will need these details for your reference list.

One way to record the bibliographic details and help you to summarise, compare and critique the literature is to make a table using either Word or Excel.

What bits?

Information usually needed for a reference:

  • author
  • date published
  • title - article and journal; book; book chapter and book title
  • volume and pages for an article; pages for a book chapter
  • 2nd or subsequent edition for a book
  • place of publication and publisher for a print format book and book chapter
  • doi - most journal articles and some e-books will have this.

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