To create a references page for an essay or a research paper, compile bibliographic information about each source, and list the sources in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Familiarize yourself with the formatting rules that go along with the required academic style, whether APA, MLA or a different format.
- Set up your references page
Insert a page break after the end of your essay to create a separate page for your list of references. Title it "References" (APA), "Works Cited" (MLA) or according to the instructions from your professor or different academic format.
- Line up your references in correct order
Arrange your sources in alphabetical order, sorting them by the last name of the author. Begin with the title of the source when the author's name is not present, or when formatting requires, as with movies in MLA format. Set your paragraph format on this page so that the initial indent is zero and the subsequent lines in each paragraph are at 0.5 inches.
- Add the references to your reference list
Copy and paste the information from a citation generator onto your reference list, or type the information from your own notes. Follow the instructions specific to the type of source and the academic formatting style. For example, use this format for a book in MLA format: "Author's last name, author's first name. Title (in italics). City of publication: publishing company, year of publication."