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Design Studies: Referencing for Design

A guide for undergraduate & postgraduate design students on finding, evaluating and referencing academic and image sources related to the design areas.


As Design students, you will be asked to use the APA 7th referencing style

Why we reference 


At university you are expected to reference information sources used in your assignments. Referencing is important as it:

  • gives credit to authors
  • shows that you’ve done your research  
  • means that others can find the resources you have used.

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Useful sections

  • Websites - Section 3 (page 44)
  • Artwork - Section 4.19 (page 76)
  • Photographs - Section 4.18 (page 75)
  • Captioning images - Section 15 (page 146)
  • Indigenous materials - Section 8 (page 111)



  • Infographics & Maps are treated as images (refer to Section 4 - Image)
  • Exhibition catalogues are referenced as books
  • When referencing images of copyrighted materials (e.g. of artwork, photographs, etc.), reference the details of the object that's been depectied, rather than the image itself (i.e. don't reference the someone's uploaded photograph of the Mona Lisa, reference the Mona Lisa painting). 

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Referencing software: RefWorks


RefWorks is a cloud-based reference manager that can assist your referencing. It can be used to create reference lists and in-text citations.

To learn more about RefWorks have a look at the RefWorks page on the library website by clicking the link below.