Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 5.6.2. Reference List

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

A Reference List provides the full bibliographic details of all sources cited in a paper.

Definition (informal)

Reference List: Who are your sources?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example includes the APA (American Psychological Association) style reference list of all sources cited in the main text:


Bouchard, T. J. (2004). Genetic influence on human psychological traits: A survey. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13, 148–151.  

Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godinho, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A., Letts, W., Mackay, J., McGill, M., Moss, J., Nagel, M., Nicholson, P., & Vick, M. (2010). Teaching: Making a difference. John Wiley and Sons Australia.

Weinberg, R. A. (1989). Intelligence and IQ: Landmark issues and great debates. American Psychologist, 44, 98-104.

Resources (testbook)

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