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Indigenous Perspectives & Practices: Referencing Indigenous Materials

This guide will help you find information on how to locate, evaluate, and use Indigenous perspectives to support your studies


Most faculties at UTS use the APA 7th 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 referencing guide - Section 8 Indigenous Materials

Useful section

  • Indigenous Materials - Section 8 (page 105) outlines how to include Country or Language group in the reference for Indigenous materials

Referencing Videos

Copying or reusing works with Indigenous cultural content


Copying or reusing Indigenous works has additional sensitivities & legal/cultural issues compared to non-Indigenous works

Indigenous works often include secret or sacred information, sometimes obtained without the consent of the relevant Indigenous person/people.

Therefore, care should be taken in reusing or repurposing Indigenous work in your studies. Including a cultural notice is a good means to pre-emptively warn Indigenous people on the presence of sensitive material.

It may be necessary to seek cultural clearances from Indigenous communities, families, individuals, or organisations before you can access or reproduce their material. Please check with the Library for assistance.