What should the bibliography and footnotes look like?
How many times have you wondered what the bibliography should look like? Have you ever been awarded points for your scores for the footnotes? After all, the appearance of the bibliography and footnotes, although immanent in the humanities, is in fact very strict in nature. Scientists, often small-minded, very much cling to this appearance.
Perhaps this is quite incomprehensible, maybe bureaucratic, but unfortunately it can not be changed, should be adjusted. After all, if you look at the matter objectively, the correct look of bibliographic notes can help us find a given book. So long as you do not get into paranoia and footnotes are not more important than the merits of work, it is worth taking care of their correct appearance.
Before you start creating bibliographies and you want to check how it looks, you can be in a slight confusion. You will be able to notice that the footnotes from different books are different from each other. This is because there are many schools for bibliography.
“If so, which one should I choose?” – you ask.
The answer to this question is: Actually, it does not matter.
Every school is good. The only thing that remains important and is also the first principle of creating a bibliography is UNIFORM APPEARANCE. If you decide to have a school, remember that you can not give up afterwards, and every footnote and the entire bibliography must be written in the same way.
There are also various ways to place footnotes and bibliographies. As a rule, footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page. You can do it in the “Word” program as follows by clicking the tabs:
Insert >> Reference >> Footnote.
In some cases, footnotes are placed at the end of the work, but the first way is certainly more clear to the reader.
Bibliographies are placed at the end. When there are footnotes at work, we do not actually have to place it (if it is not required, of course). However, in larger works or scientific books, we have to include both.
How should the footnote look like? What is placed and where? Although there are many schools, here we will try to describe the most popular example and take into account all the important information. Let’s take advantage of the book “Catcher in the cereal” by Salinger (I mean the quote, because the quotes always include the footnote, as in the case of the paraphrase).
The footnote should look like this:
- J.D. Salinger, Catcher in crops, Iskry, London 1961, p. 69.
- As you can see at the beginning the name of the author with the initials of the name, then the title in italics (NOT in quotes!), Then the name of the publishing house, place and year of publication (no comma) and the page from which the quote was taken.