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Social and Community Work: Referencing & Writing

Referencing Styles

If you follow a citation style correctly, you will avoid plagiarism and help your reader find your information sources.  Ask your lecturer/supervisor if you are not sure which style you should use. Harvard and APA are common styles used in the Social & Community Work program at Otago:



Reference Management Software

Reference management software imports documents and bibliographic data in order to store this information and generate references and bibliographies in their writing documents. This means that researchers save a lot of time as they do not have to write out citations or bibliographies manually.

The three most commonly used reference management software are:

See our Managing Your References guide for more information and tips for choosing which software is best for you.



Citing Legal Information

Legal Referencing using APA - created by AUT library 

Additional Help


Want to improve your paraphrasing and summarizing techniques?  You might find the following useful:

A practical guide to quoting and paraphrasing -  How to use your reading in your essays

Student Learning Centre PDF guide - Paraphrase and Summarise