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APA Referencing and Plagiarism: Introduction

This Guide will help you to correctly reference your assignments using the APA style.

Central Regional TAFE Referencing Guide

IMPORTANT CHANGES for the 7th edition of APA.

  • Place of publication is no longer required.
  • DOIs and URL’s are now both presented as hyperlinks. Hyperlinks can be presented as live links or as plain text. Links should be live if the work can only be read online.
  • No longer need to use "Retrieved from" for an online resource. 
  • Database names and URLs for items in academic research databases should not be included in references, except for databases that include works of limited circulation.
  • The in-text citation for works with three or more authors is now shortened right from the first citation. You only include the first author’s name and “et al.”.
  • There have been other minor changes. Please check before referencing to ensure you are using the latest rules.

Referencing and Plagiarism


  • WHY you should use referencing, and how to avoid plagiarism.
  • WHEN and WHERE you should cite your sources.
  • HOW to cite different formats of information (like books, or journal articles, or reports) using the APA style.


We thank South Metropolitan TAFE Library for allowing their guide content to be adapted for use in this guide.



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