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Music & Sound Design: Referencing for Music & Sound Design

This guide will help Music & Sounds Design students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments.


As Music & Sound Design students, you will be asked to 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 7th referencing guide


Useful sections

  • YouTube video - 3.14 (p. 59)

  • Song - 4.02 (p. 62)

  • Album or Musical Composition - 4.01 (p. 61)

  • Unpublished Works - Section 6 (p. 90)


  • Because songs are widely available in a variety of media, it is simplest to list when the song was made, who created it, and the album it is on

  • When citing a music video, use the referencing style for where you saw it. Eg: YouTube, DVD etc.

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.