We live in the digital age which means the problem with information these days is not where to find it, but how to organise and keep track of it. There are a number of ways to do this, but below are a handful of tools that you might find helpful for keeping track of information as you find it.
Referencing seems like a chore and is really no fun, but imagine that you were in a situation where you had spent months, maybe years creating or discovering something, then someone just went ahead and used that information without acknowledging all of your hard work. It's important to reference information that we present so that the right people get acknowledgement and we don't take credit for someone else's work. There are a lot of different formats for referencing (MLA, Harvard etc.) but they all have certain things in common. Here are some general rules to follow when referencing:
Any statement of fact that is not commonly known must have an in-text citation.
The name, word or number used in the in-text citation should match the first thing written for that entry in the reference list. For example, if you use the author name 'Smith' as your in-text citation, then the first word for that reference in your reference list should be 'Smith'.
Reference lists should be in alphabetical or numerical order. This is so the reader can quickly match an in-text citation to it's reference list entry.
There are a lot of quick ways to generate a reference list but one you might like to try is Easy Bib.