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Digital & Social Media: Referencing for Digital & Social Media

This guide will help DSM students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments


As Digital and Social Media students, you will be asked to use the APA 7 referencing style

What is referencing and why is it important? 


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 .

APA 7th Referencing Guide


For help on how to reference, have a look at our comprehensive APA 7th referencing guide.

You can open it in a new page and download it by clicking the link below.

Useful sections

  • Websites: Sections 3.01-3.02 (pages 46-47)
  • Social Media - Sections 3.06-3.17 (pages 51-62)


  • Sources such as blog posts and social media will often be published under a screen name or username. This screenname should be included in the reference. If no other name is given (or known) you would use this screenname as the author’s name. However, if the individual’s real name is known, you should use this as the author name in the reference and then include their screenname in square brackets directly after.

Referencing Videos

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.