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ITEE thesis coursework: Write and cite

This guide shows you how to use the Library to find literature for your thesis. It covers searching and citing information.

Writing and citing

All information sources used in your writing must be clearly, concisely and accurately cited. Your reference list must include all the information sources and the works you have quoted or referred to in your paper.

Referencing (a standardised way of acknowledging the sources of information and ideas) is important to:

  • avoid plagiarism
  • verify quotations
  • show that you have researched the topic
  • enable others to follow up on what you have written
  • locate cited work

Watch the Academic Integrity Modules

​Complete the Research Integrity Module

For help with writing you can take a class run by Student Services or access their notes online. The Library also has books on academic writing for you to borrow or read online.

Using a referencing (bibliographic) management software eg. EndNote, is useful as it allows you to format your bibliography in multiple referencing styles when working with MS Word. If you are working with LaTeX you can use BibTeX.

Referencing styles

There are many different referencing styles. Establish which style you are going to use in the early stage of writing to avoid time-consuming editorial work.   Always check with your advisor if there is a recommended style, and if you are submitting a paper for publication in a journal always consult the journal's guidelines for authors.

Remember a key to producing quality writing lies with your consistent use of a style and proof reading for errors before submission.

See Referencing Style Guides for examples.

Referencing software

Referencing management software can be used to:

  • create an online database of references you have found
  • insert and format in-text citations in your thesis or papers
  • generate automatic bibliographies in the style you require.

The UQ Library supports three products - EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero. 
If you are working with LaTeX files you can use BibTeX