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Guide for students studying Musicology at the University of Melbourne.

Why reference?

In your work at university you are expected to:

  • acknowledge the authors and creators of the ideas and material that has informed your work, and

  • show that you have used reputable sources of information. 

  • further scholarship among our community

These acknowledgments are normally presented in the format of a particular referencing style.

If you fail to acknowledge the work of others correctly, you may be guilty of plagiarism, even if you have done so unintentionally. 

The University of Melbourne produces a wide range of resources to ensure that you understand the requirements of referencing, including: 

Referencing styles

 Re:cite is the University of Melbourne Library's guide to referencing. It:

  • includes general style notes for a number of referencing styles
  • provides guidelines showing how to format different types of sources, with examples
  • is a useful guide for commonly used source types, like books and journal articles

​However, it doesn't cover everything you might use as a source. 

To assist students in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the Library provides support for two referencing styles:     

  • Chicago 16A (Chicago style with footnotes)
  • Chicago 16B (Chicago style with in-text or author-date)

Managing References

If you are writing a short paper, you may like to use a citation generator. For more information on citation generators is available on the Getting Started with Reference Management guide.

Reference Management Software is available to help manage citations, associated documents, and the writing process.

The University supports Zotero, EndNote and RefWorks: