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Academic Integrity - Referencing, Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism: Music recording

This guide explains what referencing and citation is and how to use APA and MLA. It includes a short interactive tutorial on each style.

Music recording

Reference: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Copyright year). Title of song [Recorded by name of recording artist if different]. On Title of album [Medium of recording: mp3, CD, record, etc.]. Location: Label. (Date of song if different from song copyright date)

Example: Brown, P., & Rans, R. (1984). Material Girl [Recorded by Madonna]. On Like a virgin [CD]. New York, NY: Sire Records.


  • Author(s) Last name (year)
  • (Author(s) Last name, year)      


  • Madonna sings "Material Girl" (Brown & Rans, 1984)...
  • Madonna sings the Brown and Rand (1984) song "Material Girl"...


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