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Physics: Writing & Citing

Writing help

Want to improve your writing skills?

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

 The SLC Writing page has links to study guides, tipsheets, online tutorials, and you can sign up for excellent workshops. You can even book an individual conslutation with Learning Advisor.

Need further help? Check out:

Why Cite?

Citing or 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; and
  • assists other researchers to locate the sources you use

Here are some further resources to check out:

Thesis Writing Guides

Managing Your References

Wondering how to keep track of all your research information?

Reference Management software helps you store, organise, and correctly cite all your research information with incredible ease. There are many options available, but here are three popular examples:

JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.6 or newer), and should work equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. You can use JabRef to store, and organise your references, as well as write a bibliography for your assignments or thesis.


EndNote is commercial software for organising references, citing them in essays, and automatically generating bibliographies. The Library recommends  EndNote for postgraduate students. It is available on all University student and staff desktops, and you can purchase a licence from ITS to download it onto your laptop. 


Zotero is free and open source software to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It is available as Firefox plugin or standalone software on your desktop, and is easy to setup and use.

To pick the one which is right for you, and to help you find teaching resources about them go to the Managing Your References Guide