The bibliography refers to the relationship or list of a set of books or writings used as reference material or documentary support for research and the elaboration of a written work or a monograph. As such, the word is composed of the words biblio- and -graphy, which come from the Greek roots βιβλίον (biblíon), which means’ book ‘, and -γραφία (-graphía), of γράφειν (graphein), which translates’ to write’.
In this sense, the bibliography gathers the publications that have more value and interest in relation to their research topic. Hence, it is an important source for consultation when starting a research process.
The bibliographies give validity and rigor to the monographic, academic, scientific or scholarly research work, since they demonstrate that the author was concerned about tracking sources that could lay the foundations of his research, as well as guiding and providing value.
As such, it is usually located at the end of the text; Its objective is to present the documentary support with which he counted the work, showing the repertoire of consulted texts, already for the validation of the work, and to offer the reader other sources for the study of a specific subject.
The bibliography can be used to indicate the editorial data of the consulted sources for the elaboration of a research work and, as such, it can consist of books, magazines, newspapers, articles, book chapters, internet pages, as well as audiovisual documents .
The bibliography also refers to the type of work that is a compendium of the bibliographic material available around a certain subject or subject. As such, it can provide an overview of the publications that, around specific themes, authors, periods or countries, have developed over time. In this sense, it has a referential function, as it shows the access routes available to the most varied subjects of study.
An annotated bibliography, meanwhile, is one that offers brief descriptive summaries of the sources, in order to provide the researcher with a notion of the content of the text.
The APA, or American Psychological Association for its acronym in English, is an institution that, among its many functions, developed a style manual to adjust and homogenize the criteria used when registering in a written work, of academic rigor, all the referential content related to bibliography, citations, footnotes, etc. As such, the APA style has been agreed to be used as a standard format in many universities around the world. An example of the bibliographic record of a book with APA style would be the following: Author (year). Title . City: editorial.