Citation guides

Why is citing important?

If you refer to other people's work in your writing, you should include correct citations to:

  • Avoid committing plagiarism,
  • Avoid breaking copyright law, and
  • Allow your readers to find and read your sources of information.

Academic Honesty & Plagiarism
University policy and advice on avoiding plagiarism.

Moral Rights and Citing Material
Information on why and how you should cite different types of copyright material.

Choosing a Referencing Style

You should use the referencing style recommended by your lecturer for your assignment. If they have not specified style, we recommend APA 6th, a widely used style.

How to use a Referencing Style


Re:Cite is an interactive library website that shows you how to use these common referencing styles:

Please note: Re:Cite provides introductory information for a limited number of styles and reference types.

For further information please refer to a style manual or guide, you can:

Reference Management Software

If you are writing a longer assignment or thesis, you should consider using a reference management software application.

Managing References

A library guide to reference management software applications, including EndNote, Mendeley, Papers, RefWorks, Zotero and JabRef, and how to choose one


The library supports EndNote, and University of Melbourne staff and students can download it for free.


A web-based application that University of Melbourne staff and students can access through the library for free.