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Botany: Referencing & Writing

What's a CITATION Style? Which one should I use?

A citation or referencing style is a standardised way of referencing research you use in your academic work. Check with your lecturer or supervisor if you are unsure which style to use:

WHY Reference?

Referencing the ideas and research you use in your essays is a vital part of all academic work because it:

  • acknowledges how others' work has influenced your thinking
  • provides evidence for your arguments
  • assists other researchers to locate the sources you use

Here are some further resources to check out:

Avoiding Plagiarism

The University of Otago takes plagiarism seriously.  These resources will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Options for Managing References

Tips on choosing and using citation styles (also called referencing styles) plus using systems such as EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.


STYLE GUIDES - including Referencing Information

Help with WRITING

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Want to improve your writing skills?

Check out the fantastic Academic Skills Development resources at the Student Learning Development.

Guides to Academic Writing