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What's a CITATION Style
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:
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.
The University of Otago takes plagiarism seriously. These resources will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Help with WRITING
Need to improve your writing skills?
Our very own Student Learning Development have excellent resources online and in person to help you improve your writing. You can sign up for excellent workshops. You can even book an individual consultation with a Learning Advisor.
There are some excellent online resources to help you with scientific writing. Here are a few to get you started:
Scientific Writing Resource
This excellent resource is structured in three lessons with principles and examples. There are also worksheets for you to complete yourself. Produced by Nathan Sheffield for Duke University Graduate School.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Extremely useful site with free resources to support writing, including material for those with English as a second language.
Managing Your References
Reference Management software helps you store, organise, and correctly cite all your research information with incredible ease.
Check out this Managing Your References guide which gives more detail on different reference management tools and citation styles.
Help with CITING
Scientific Style and Format by
8th edition of this guide, published in 2014.
Also available in print at Science Library T11 .S386 2014
Guides to Scientific Writing