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Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering: Referencing for Engineering

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students studying Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.

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As Engineering students, you will be using the APA 7th referencing style

Why do 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 .

APA 7th Referencing Guide


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

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

Referencing Videos

Useful Sections

Here are some common types of sources you will need to reference as an engineering student:

Journal Articles (Section 2.01)

Conference papers (Section 7.07)

Tip: Conference papers or proceedings that have been published in a journal or book should be referenced as journal articles or chapters in an edited book.

Chapter in an edited book (Section 1.10)

Standards (Section 5.08)

Statistics (Section 7.01)

Reports (Section 7.01)

Patents (Section 5.07)

Referencing Software


UTS Library supports RefWorks and EndNote.


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


EndNote is suitable for researchers and can be a helpful tool when undertaking a scoping or systematic review.

To learn more about EndNote, visit the Library pages linked below, have a look at our EndNote videos and sign up for our EndNote workshops!