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IB Theatre - Research Presentation (first assessment 2024): Citing Your Sources

This guide provides resources for the Research Presentation external assessment task for IB Theatre (first assessment 2024).

Referencing Requirements

Excerpt from "External assessment task—SL and HL: Research presentation, Academic Integrity", p. 43, Theatre Guide, First Assessment 2024, International Baccalaureate Organization.


Academic integrity

Students must ensure their assessment work adheres to the IB’s academic integrity policy and that all sources are appropriately referenced. When orally presenting in this assessment task, students must clearly distinguish between their words and those of others by either verbally stating a citation or through the use of a visual cue, such as a reference on a keynote slide. This must occur at the point of use in the presentation to ensure there is no doubt when work is attributed to another person. A student’s failure to appropriately acknowledge a source will be investigated by the IB as a potential breach of regulations that may result in a penalty imposed by the IB Final Award Committee. 

Excerpt from "Assessment Task General Rules", p. 14, Research Presentation, Student Information Booklet, IBDP Theatre, First Assessment 2024, by Kieran Burgess. The booklet is available for download on his website here.


You must cite every image, diagram, quote and idea that isn't yours, and images that are yours should be clearly marked as such. Cite at the point of use, and add a full reference at the end. Forgetting to cite, or not knowing you have to, will not change the consequence you get when it is discovered (it can mean losing the whole IB Diploma).

See the box below for suggestions on how to do this: Citing & Referencing in an Oral Presentation

What is MLA Citation Style?

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. West Sound Academy recommends that our students use MLA Style for citing the sources used in the External Assessment Task for IB Theatre - Research Presentation. MLA Style - 9th Edition

You must cite sources in two places:

  • In your video presentation, at the point of use, either with an oral acknowledgment of the source or with a visual cue, such as a parenthetical (in-text) citation on a slide, and
  • In a full citation in the Works Cited List that is submitted to IB along with your 15-minute video. 


For more guidance on using MLA Style for the citations for your research project, see

MLA Citation Guide (9th Edition)

Citing & Referencing in an Oral Presentation

Excerpt from: "Citing & Referencing in an Oral Presentation", p. 7, Research Presentation, Student Information Booklet, IBDP Theatre, First Assessment 2024, by Kieran Burgess. The booklet is available for download on his website here.


All sources consulted must be attributed using a standard referencing system. It is challenging to cite sources during an oral presentation, but you must! Your options are:

  • On-slide caption/parentheses in-text citation format (i.e. Short citation) with full reference given at end of presentation.
  • Verbal “in-text” citation given with full written reference at end.
  • Full reference given on-screen when referred to.

Watch the video below for ideas on how to give verbal citations in your presentation.


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