APA Referencing

Whenever you write an assignment at Victoria, you’ll often want to use the words and ideas of other people to help get your points across.

Academic integrity is important at university, so acknowledging these sources through accurate referencing is a critical skill. Not acknowledging your sources is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, and it can have serious consequences.

Referencing also enables the person reading your assignment to find your sources, in case they want to read them for themselves.

The School of Design uses the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing system. APA requires that you acknowledge other people’s work with:

a) an in-text citation (special rules apply to images)

b) an entry in your Reference List.

Footnotes are not used.  

Accurate referencing will improve your marks – or reduce them if you don’t get it right. Although at first it can seem difficult, with a little bit of practice, referencing will become easier over time. 

Tools to get you started

Apart from this guide, the following are useful resources on APA Referencing.  

QuickCite (University of Auckland)

This is a simple tool that provides examples of in-text citations and Reference List entries for different types of resources. Simply choose your referencing style (APA 6) and resource type (Book, journal article, etc.), and a range of formatted examples will be provided. 

APA Interactive (Massey University)

Similar to QuickCite, but provides a wider choice of examples. 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The official guide to APA Referencing. Available on Closed Reserve at the Architecture and Design Library.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References

A detailed guide on referencing electronic resources, including audiovisual media.