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Using Images in Academic Work: Image Citation

This libguide provides guidance on the use of images in academic work. There are also links to copyright free image sources and advice on citing images

Referencing Guides

How do I reference properly?

When you find material to use for essays and assignments you must reference (cite) it correctly. Whilst studying at CDU you are expected to write to an acceptable academic level. You will need to develop skills displaying academic integrity, which means being honest about your ideas and sources. Referencing, when done correctly acknowledges the work of others and will prevent you from accusations of intellectual theft and plagiarism.

There are many referencing styles (APA, CDU Harvard etc): ensure you know the style required for your course.  The library has examples of how to reference books, articles, web sites etc for the the different referencing styles.

It allows the reader to follow an idea, using the details provided, to locate the original publication. This could be because the reader is interested in the topic or because they wish to verify the details of the quotation, making sure the author hasn't been taken out of context.

See the CDU Library tab on Plagiarism. This provides links to CDU policies regarding plagiarism and some resources to help you avoid it.

What details do I need?

It's important to familiarise yourself with the required referencing style early.  This is so you know what details to record from the material you find so that you can actually reference it.  You can download a template here to help you record the required details.

Always check with your lecturer which style you should use, as they may have their own preferences on which style you should use.

Look at pages 17-19 of CDU's APA 6th style guide for examples of citing and referencing images

See the CDU Harvard Referencing style guide for examples and guidance on referencing images (pp. 13-15)

The original source of the image should be referenced rather than the search took (e.g. Google Images) used to find the image



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