This is the "Introduction" page of the "Preparing a bibliography" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Preparing a bibliography   Tags: reference database,  bibliographic references,  bibliography  

This guide explains why it is useful for researchers to compile a personal reference database for preparing their bibliography
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Introduction Print Page


  • Annotation  
  • Personal reference database  
  • Bibliography  
  • Reference management software  
  • Bibliographic standard  
  • Sharing of references  
  • Literature search  
  • Bibliographic reference  

Related guides

Organising and managing your documentation
by Dominique Bouge-Grandon - Last Updated Jul 12, 2014
How to manage your personal documentation? How to use digital tools to manage your documentation?
0 views this year
Bibliographic reference managers
by Dominique Bouge-Grandon, Marie-Laure Malingre - Last Updated Jul 8, 2014
Choose a bibliographic reference manager to store references, to manage them, share them and produce a bibliography.
0 views this year
Thesis: standards and formats
by Laurence Leroux, Julien Sicot - Last Updated Jul 8, 2014
Identifying the standards and recommendations for presentation, being able to write in accordance with page layout and typographic rules
0 views this year


The bibliography is an essential part of your thesis, which must be prepared from the early stages of your research work.

In order to compile a useful reference database, you must be aware of and master the literature search tools available: catalogue and database querying, journal aggregators, scientific search engines.



The personal reference database is developed by researchers during their research work, whether they are preparing a thesis or writing a book or a scholarly article.

It focuses on a research topic or a broader subject matter. It is a collection of the bibliographic references that describe all useful resources irrespective of their format.

Using reference management software allows you to automatically extract a bibliography and link the full text of the corresponding document. It is also possible to share references with other researchers.

Jayne's former office

Bureau de Jayne avant son départ, S. Ripert. CC BY-SA licence. Source: Flickr

Need more help?

Profile Image
Dominique Bouge-Grandon
Contact Info
Université Rennes 2
Place du recteur Henri Le Moal
CS 64307. 35043 RENNES cedex
Phone: (0033) 2 99 14 12 79
Send Email

Subject Guide

Profile Image
Sandrine Portet
Contact Info
SCD de Rennes 2
sandrine.portet at
02 99 14 18 33(00 33) 2 99 14 18 33

To cite this guide

Bougé-Grandon, Dominique. "Preparing a bibliography". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, 2010 (last
updated on 3 July 2013). Available at:


Loading  Loading...