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Information Science: Referencing & Writing

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.

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.

Writing guides

Search Library Search | Ketu for writing guides.

For example:

IEEE Reference Guide


LaTeX is a typesetting program used to format scientific documents. It has become the de-facto standard for writing academic papers which require mathematical symbols.LaTeX can be downloaded free of charge and is available for Mac, and PC (for Windows & Linux).

There are several websites that will be useful for those learning LaTex, including:

The University Library has several books on LaTeX, including:

Other links or interest:

Wondering how to organise of all your research information so you can easily add references ot your LaTeX document?

JabRef Reference Management software helps you storeorganise, and correctly cite all your research information with incredible ease. 


JabRef is a reference management software that uses BibTeX as its native format. JabRef provides an easy-to-use interface for editing BibTeX files, for importing data from online scientific databases, and for managing and searching BibTeX files. JabRef is released under the terms of the GPL license. The application is programmed in Java, and is maintained for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Go to the JabRef website to download the latest version.


There are many options available.

Avoiding academic misconduct

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