how to reference figures
Figure 1: RMIT buildings – Brunswick Campus by Margund Sallowsky, RMIT University, 2006.
- Put your cursor where you want the reference to be. On the References Ribbon, in the CaptionsGroup, click the Cross-reference () icon.
- Select the type of item you are referencing from the Reference type pulldown.
- For figures, select Only Label and Number from the Insert reference to: pulldown, unless you want the entire caption to appear in the text.
- Select the item you want to reference from the For which caption: section.
- Click Insert and close the Cross-reference dialog box.
When you refer to a particular figure in your document, rather than typing in “Figure 2”, you can use a cross-reference, so if the figure number changes, the in-text reference will also change. This will also work to reference page numbers of headings and so on.
This guide is primarily for students completing assignments at Curtin University. If you are publishing (e.g. journal article, PhD), please consult the above publication as the examples provided here may differ slightly from the requirements outlined in the official style guide.
What is referencing?
Author. (Year). Title of image [format]. Website. URL
Images, diagrams and other visual artistic works should be cited as any other type of work. Below are some examples: