If you follow a citation style correctly, you will avoid plagarism and help your reader find your information sources.
The Department of Theology and Religion have their own style guide for students. A copy is available here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/religion/pdfs/styleguide.pdf
The Citation Styles Guide provides information on the most common citation styles used at the University of Otago including APA, Harvard, Chicago, and MLA.
Want to improve your paraphrasing and summarizing techniques? You might find the following useful:
A Reference Manager can help you:
There are several software options and it can be hard to decide which one will best suit you. The Library Guide Managing Your References can help you make that decision. It also includes information on how to use the software and access support.
In the "Ethical Use of Information" module you will learn to avoid plagiarism by appropriately citing sources and knowing how and when to give credit for information and ideas taken from others.
You will also learn about:
Still not sure how to use information ethically in your studies? You may also like to try:
The University of Otago Student Learning Development services include:
If you are an enrolled student, you are welcome to visit the Student Learning Centre 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 (03) 479-8801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with a Learning Adviser.
If you are an off-campus student, the same service is available to you through e-mail or call toll-free: 0800 808 098 and ask for the Student Learning Centre.