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Management: Referencing & Writing

Keep up to date with search alerts

What are Search Alerts?

diagram explaining what alerts are

Most research databases (e.g. ProQuest Central, Science Direct and Scopus) allow you to create alerts that will push information to you based on a search you've set up previously. This could be a search for relevant terms/keywords, an author name or a journal specialising in your research area.

Search alerts are particularly useful for those undertaking long-term research, such as a Masters or PhD thesis, and this is because the research process involves many activities (e.g. field work and data analysis) that can prevent you from keeping up-to-date with the research being published around your topic.  


Help with Writing

To assist you to develop the writing skills necessary to become a confident and skilled writer, the Student Learning Development offer the following services:

If you are an enrolled student, you are welcome to visit Student Learning Development in the south-west corner of the Central Library (ISB) Building to discuss any aspect of your study that is causing concern. You can also telephone 479 8801 or e-mail to make an appointment with a Learning Adviser.

If you are an off-campus student, the same service is available to you via Skype, Otago Connect, email or telephone, whichever suits. Contact or telephone 479 8801 to make arrangements.

Help with Referencing

Referencing (and citing) refers to the method by which authors give credit to their sources of research information.

If you are unsure which citation style to use either read your Course Outline, or ask your lecturer or tutor.

Managing your References

Keep track of your readings and automate footnotes and bibliographies by using a reference management system such as Endnote, Mendeley or Zotero. This Managing Your References guide will help you decide what is best for you, with links to training, guides, and tips.

Avoiding academic misconduct

These resources will help you understand what academic misconduct is and how to avoid it.