References are used throughout the essay/text etc when you are quoting someone/thing or referring to it. You can insert references using the 'Insert' button in a word document. It will insert a number into the text for you and then at the bottom of the page, you normally cite the source of the reference, ie - 1 - Smith, E (1999) "Title of Book" Page no.
Bibliographies are the list of books/source and reference material, usually found at the end of an essay etc. So you would list all your refenece material here in one list and is more detailed than the references. Usually broken down by 'author' 'published date' Title of book/material Publisher name and location
Hope this makes sense - someone will probably come along who'll be able to explain it better than I can
What are you writing for, SES? If it's a class essay, I would type the URL and the title of the page (comes up at the top, like right now it says "Mumset Discussions - URGENT HELP..." along with a date when you looked at the URL
references to the internet didn't come up in my student days!! Hoever, I write plenty of reports in my job and I guess I would cite the website that it had come from and if there was an idenfiable author, cite them.
i was told not to use internet references as anyone can post anything on the net without it needing to be edited or refereed!! i would try and find a book to back up the reference, my supervisor said for my PhD thesis only use the interenet references as a last resort but then he did conseed that the pictures of bone structure i had lifted from the net were far better than the scanned in ones, one way round it is to alter the picture slightly and say in the brackets put something like [Adapted from Jones and www.picture.com]
Internet references are fine as long as it's a 'serious' source. I normally tell people to look for 'academic' sites, identifiable by the form: something.ac.uk in the UK and something.edu in the US. Obviously this depends on the topic though. I've just examined a PhD which made really good use of internet resources. The internet is also useful for getting hold of back issues of newpapers etc. (although it is sometimes an abridged version). The main thing is always always to show where your material has come from.