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Music: Referencing & Writing

Help with citing references

A citation style is a set way to present the details of the information sources you have relied on in your work. There are many different citation styles, and if you are unsure which style to use, ask your lecturer or tutor.

Recommended Resources for Referencing in Music

Commonly used styles by Music students include:


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 Guides



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

    Drop-in Thesis Clinic

    If you are a postgraduate student and have a problem with some aspects of your thesis, then the thesis clinic is the place for you. You can discuss any issue related to thinking about, planning and writing a thesis. Drop in on a Thursday at 4pm.

    Individual Consultations with a Learning Advisor

    Visit the Student Learning Centre in the ISB Building to discuss any study concerns. Phone 479 5786 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, score).

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

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