References and Bibliographic Software

  • Bandana Malhotra


A reference is a way to present other people’s work or ideas, usually in relation to one’s own, by acknowledging the original sources of knowledge in a document or presentation. New research is mostly undertaken to validate or negate the findings of others, answer questions that may arise from earlier research or answer a fresh question. Whatever the reason for the research, it will be based on work that has been done earlier. References are cited for the following reasons:
  • As credit for the original work

  • To direct readers to the original source of the information

  • To add credibility to one’s own work

Copyright information

© The National Medical Journal of India 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bandana Malhotra
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  1. 1.Freelance Medical EditorNew DelhiIndia

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