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Department of Languages and Culture: Referencing & Writing

Help with Referencing/Citing

Referencing Styles

If you follow a citation style correctly, you will avoid plagiarism and help your reader find your information sources.  Ask your lecturer/supervisor if you are not sure which style you should use. Harvard and APA are the common styles used in the humanities programs at Otago:



Reference Management Software

Reference management software imports documents and bibliographic data in order to store this information and generate references and bibliographies in their writing documents. This means that researchers save a lot of time as they do not have to write out citations or bibliographies manually.

The three most commonly used reference management software are:

See our Managing Your References guide for more information and tips for choosing which software is best for you.

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:

  • Study Guides
  • Tip sheets
  • Online Tutorials
  • Workshops

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.

Avoiding academic misconduct

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