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Lecture notes or course materials



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Lecture notes or course materials


Materials from your course may include lecture notes, PowerPoint slides or presentations.

The title of the course material should be enclosed in single inverted commas (quotation marks). The title of the course material should not be italicised.

Include the type of course material (for example: lecture notes, PowerPoint slides or presentations) after the title.

For online course material, add the course code or course name and the University name. Include the viewed date (for example: viewed 18 April 2016) and the URL address enclosed in angled brackets (< and >).



Sample, S 2016, ‘Introduction to your course’, lecture notes, COURSECODE, RMIT University, viewed 18 April 2016, .

For printed course material, add the course code or course name, the University name and the place of publication (if not inferred by the University name).



Sample, S 2017, ‘Human rights in indigenous communities’, PowerPoint slides, COURSECODE, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Legal material and patents


The title of a legal case, a piece of legislation or a patent should be italicised.

For a legal case, include the year of the case, the volume number of the report series, the abbreviated name of the report series and the page number that the case begins with in the report series. For example: (2008) 237 CLR 1.



University of New South Wales v Moorhouse and Angus & Robertson (Publishers) Pty Ltd (1975) 133 CLR 1.

For a piece of legislation, include the jurisdiction in brackets after the title. The name of the jurisdiction can be abbreviated. For example: Commonwealth can be abbreviated to (Cth).



Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

For a patent, include the patent number after the title.



Gupta, BB & Kasapis, S 1997, Water-continuous spread, US Patent 5614245.

Thesis viewed online


For a thesis viewed online, the title should be enclosed in single inverted commas (quotation marks).

The title of the thesis should not be italised. Include the place of publication if it is not inferred by the University name.

For a thesis sourced from a research repository, include the URL address enclosed in angled brackets (< and >).

Khoo, CK 2013, 'Morphing architecture with responsive material systems', PhD thesis, RMIT University, Melbourne, .

Thesis from a library database


For a thesis sourced from a Library database, add the database name (for example: ProQuest) rather than the URL address.

Hallaq, TG 2013, 'Evaluating online media literacy in higher education: Validity and reliability of the digital online media literacy assessment (DOMLA), Doctor of Education thesis, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ProQuest database.

Print Thesis


For a print thesis, provide the author's family name and initial(s) followed by the year.

Include the title of the thesis enclosed in single inverted commas (quotation marks) but not italicised.

Add the award (for example: PhD thesis) and the University name followed by the place of publication (if not inferred by the University name).

Snelling, P 2013, 'Digital craftsmanship: The augmentation and customisation of printed textiles', PhD thesis, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Secondary citation

Use a secondary citation to acknowledge the work of an author(s) that you have read about in another author(s) work.

In the reference list, include only the source you have read. For example, if an article by Hosany and Martin you are reading cites Heath and Scott, you would only need to include the Hosany and Martin reference.

Hosany, S & Martin, D 2012, ‘Self-image congruence in consumer behavior’, Journal of Business Research, vol. 65, no. 5, pp. 685-691.



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