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Marine Science: Referencing & Writing

What is a Citation Style?

A citation or referencing style is a standardised way of acknowledging the sources you use in your academic writing. Check with your lecturer or supervisor to learn which style to use.

Options for Managing References

Tips on choosing and using citation styles (also called referencing styles) plus using systems such as EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

Why cite?

Citing authoritative and appropriate sources not only gives more weight to your argument, it also provides evidence that you have read widely and can represent a wide range of views. Watch this short video, What information needs to be cited?

It is important to follow a formal system of citing or referencing, not only to avoid plagiarism but to ensure that your reader can easily locate the original sources.

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

Want to improve your writing skills? Check out the resources available at these websites: