When writing an assessment or research paper it is necessary to use information and cited references from works by other authors, in order for the person who is writing the work to support his ideas but also corroborate what he has said. Also, it is essential that reference is made to the sources that the author has studied from which he drew the information. This way plagiarism is avoided and moreover allows the reader immediate access to the initial source thus verifying or contradicting what was written concerning the source.
The use of citations/bibliographic references help the reader to understand the wider subject scope which the author has studied in order to complete his work. This way it is possible for the reader to consult other sources relative to the subject so that he may research it further.
Citations/bibliographic references help show the methodology that was followed by the writer in order to locate and develop his sources. By using citations/bibliographic references the writer strengthens and proves the quality of his works but also his integrity and ability as a responsible and active member the scientific and research community. The use of citations/bibliographic references lends recognition to the author and verifies the authenticity and the legitimacy of his ideas and perceptions. According to the law, in order for the author to secure copyright, it is essential that the use or apposition of ideas or the extract of his work, must be accompanied by a report of the source with the necessary bibliographic information.
For further information please refer to the Guide of Dissertation and Thesis Writing.
Several global standards of bibliographic references are occasionally developed, which differ among them on how the bibliographic information is structured and appeared e.g. Harvard, APA, Chicago, etc.
Bibliography Standards (guides)
Tools of Organizing Bibliography
There are available several tools of concentration and organization of bibliographical data through which the possibility of formatting the bibliographical data is provided pursuant to the global standards of bibliography.
The Library is subscriber in Refworks an internet tool of creation and management of citations and bibliography. An equivalent tool is also the Mendeley which is a free tool of management of bibliographical citations as well as social scientific network.