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Chapter 13. Bibliography Generation

Chapter 13. Bibliography Generation

While a table of contents (see Section 2.3) and an index (discussed in Chapter 11) make it easier to navigate through a book, the presence of bibliographic references should allow you to verify the used sources and to probe further subjects you consider interesting. To make this possible, the references should be precise and lead to the relevant work with a minimum of effort.

There exist many ways for formatting bibliographies, and different fields of scholarly activities have developed very precise rules in this area. An interesting overview of Anglo-Saxon practices can be found in the chapter on bibliographies in The Chicago Manual of Style [38]. Normally, authors must follow the rules laid out by their publisher. Therefore, one of the more important tasks when submitting a book or an article for publication is to generate the bibliographic reference list according to those rules.


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