As many writers know, completing a thesis can be a very personally and professionally rewarding endeavor. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that thesis writing teaches you how to think independently and abstractly. In order to write a strong thesis, careful attention must be paid to all of its elements: the acknowledgements page, abstract, introduction, body, and conclusion. Additionally, the thesis writer should think critically about the information that will be presented in the bibliography. For those who are unaware, the thesis bibliography (or works cited page) will contain an alphabetical list of all the research the writer used in the body of her or his work. Here is one tip that can make your bibliography better.
Include Work From Writers Who Are An Authority On Your Subject.
The reason for this may seem obvious, but it may not be for some people. In essence, your work gains a certain authority and stature when you cite data listed by individuals who have spent extensive time reading and writing about the topic you discuss. The reason is simple: if you cite a person who is considered an expert to legitimate the claim you make, your argument seems more valid in the minds of people who look to experts for confirmation or clarity regarding truth claims. And even if you include the research of an expert to enhance your thesis by providing readers with a plethora of views rather than lending credence to your claim, the effect is the same: people tend to believe your thesis is authoritative.
When I wrote my thesis, I included research from individuals who have gained prevalence and respect within the field I was primarily concerned with: feminism. Because my thesis was ultimately an exploration of how feminist values survive or die within patriarchal systems, it was advantageous for me to study the ideas of individuals who are generally considered authorities on the subject, like Coppelia Kahn and Julia Kristeva. After quoting their ideas on subjects like how The Taming of the Shrew satirizes male attitudes about women and the reality of love and hatred as an element of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, I was able to add their names to my bibliographic entry.
As made plain by the information listed above, including authoritative sources in your bibliography enhances its quality. Being able to include these sources in the bibliography is contingent upon you consciously researching and including the work of individuals who have attained stature within their field(s) of study in the thesis body. For this reason, people interested in optimizing their bibliography should make sure to consciously cite the ideas of scholars and academicians who have authority within their field. I hope this helps you. Good luck!