Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library services for Distance students: Writing & Referencing

This is a guide to Library services and resources for Distance students

Citation style

Citation Styles - University of Otago Library's citation styles guide with examples  and resources for a range of commonly used styles

            Some popular styles:

  •  APA from the American Psychological Association
  • Vancouver
  • Harvard

Develop your study & writing skills at the Student Learning Centre

Student Learning Development can help you gear up and take control of your learning in many different ways.

If you’re a distance student, call or email us with your questions and we’ll find the method of communication that’s easiest for you.  
We also have learning advisers based at Otago University’s Christchurch, Wellington and Southland campuses. Please feel free to contact them directly if you’re in Wellington, Christchurch or Southland.

Referencing and citation styles

There are many ways and means to manage your references.



The University of Otago supports Endnote. You can purchase it for $25 for your own computer or use it for free on the Student desktop

To learn more, including tips and video tutorials  look at the Managing your References guide

Referencing and Academic Integrity

Referencing and Academic Integrity

Learn about academic integrity and managing your references with the resources below.

How to write ... essay


An interactive tutorial to help you learn how to access and use information effectively to write an essay.

This includes: how to approach your topic, collate the information you discover and assimilate it into your own unique argument.

... a business report



An interactive tutorial to help you learn how to gather and evaluate information effectively to write a business report.

... a scientific report



An interactive tutorial to guide you through the process of writing a scientific report, including the structure of the report, how to deal with illustrations and citations, and how to present it.

... using information ethically


An interactive tutorial to help you to understand the ethical use of information, and to avoid plaigiarism.