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Performing Arts: Referencing & Writing

Help with citing references

A citation style is a prescribed way to represent the details of information you have used in your work.  

There are a number of different citation styles.  Ask your lecturer or tutor, if you are unsure which style to use. 

  • Citation Styles 
    University of Otago Library's citation styles webpage with examples and resources for a range of commonly used styles
  • Managing References
    Compare products for storing and managing your references, before you cite and write, or create a bibliography

Theatre Studies students use MLA:

Avoiding plagiarism

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

Help with writing

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

Study Resources



The Student Learning Centre offer a range of workshops that will assist with your writing:

Individual Consultations with a Learning Advisor

Visit the Student Learning Centre in the ISB Building to discuss any study concerns. Phone 479 8801 or e-mail to make an appointment with a Learning Advisor.

If you are an off-campus student, e-mail or phone 0800 808 098.

Writing an exegesis

Use these helpful guidelines, which explain how to write an exegesis (an essay which accompanies a creative product, e.g. a play).

If you are writing a thesis or dissertation or research paper...

To help you prepare your thesis or dissertation or research paper: