Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for help: Jillene Bydder
Available in K2.11 at drop-in hours  or by appointment

APA Referencing

See the APA Referencing Style Guide

Look at the APA Style: Common Examples pages and follow the examples exactly

DEMONSTRATION: Understanding a reference. How do you know a reference is a book? How do you know a reference is a journal article?

Use the APA Style Guide to Electronic References listed under Official Style Guides/Info for any e-resources like websites

You may also like to try APA Interactive from Massey University

Chicago Author-Date Referencing

Chicago Manual of Style Online

N.B. Click on Author-Date NOT Notes and Bibliography

Information quality

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Predatory publishers - be careful out there!

We spend ? on database subscriptions - why?

What does an essay in an encylopedia look like?

It needs lots of facts!

Te Ara
Think of your key words. Test search: rituals

Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Test search: shamanism

Library Search

Library Search has a different look. We are updating our printed, online and video guides to reflect the changes. If you need assistance,
please contact a librarian. You can ask us, or use Library chat, or email

Here is a link to the Library Search Guide

N.B. Library Search doesn’t search Index New Zealand. It does have some New Zealand material though – why?

Library Search is is an aggregated search tool that searches through ALL of our subscribed databases in one go. It is brilliant for looking for articles OR books if you know their titles. Note all the buttons above the Library Search search box.
ARTICLES EXERCISE: Peti's malu/ Choose Journal Articles

ARTICLES EXERCISE: Soldiers, chiefs, and church:unstable democracy in Fiji/Choose Journal Articles

BOOKS EXERCISE: Changing contexts, shifting meanings: transformations of cultural traditions in Oceania  

Hint: Changing contexts, shifting meanings: transformations/Choose Books/Ebooks

How many copies do we have?

Finding Journal articles

Use Library Search to find articles on a topic

EXERCISE: tanna christianity /Choose Subject Vanuatu

EXERCISE: samoan tattooing /Choose Subject Tattooing (or Subject Tattoos)

Choose an article and find the PDF or html full text versions
You can search within specific journals, if you know they're good

Pacific Studies (published at the University of the South Pacific)

Journal of the Polynesian Society

EXERCISE: shamanism and tonga

Go to Library Search

See the Ejournals tab above the Library Search search box.  Click it and then type

Journal of the Polynesian Society  into the search box and click Search.

Click Online Access

JN "Journal of the Polynesian Society" and your key words e.g tonga shamanism

Oceania (published in Australia)

EXERCISE: chiefs fiji

Using Subject-specific Databases to Find Articles

Index  New Zealand Scroll down to find Index New Zealand and click on the link. Why do we have to use this as well?

N.B. Most articles are not full-text but we have online access to them - how?

EXERCISE: "cook islands" weaving

Click Get It. Note the instructions. You will need to see if our Library has a subscription to the journal.

NOTE: This is an INDEX not a full-text database. Copy the title of an article you want to see. Go to Library Search and paste it into the search box.

Remember that Library Search isn't good at New Zealand material. If you don't find the article immediately, we may have a subscription to the journal the article is in, and it may be online. Try searching by the title of the journal. If we have it, click on the link and look for the right volume, issue and pages till you find the article.

If the article is from a newspaper, trying pasting the title of the article into Newztext Plus.

PINI (Pacific Islands News & Information Database)


Web of Science

EXERCISE: tonga and (eating or diet or food* or cuisine)


EXERCISE: tonga kingship

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar from the Library Databases page so that Find@Waikato will work for you.

EXERCISE: Looking for a known article on Google Scholar gives you extra information. Type Soldiers, chiefs, and church:unstable democracy in Fiji into the search box. Cited by – Why is this important?

Other Useful Resources

Ebook Central

EXERCISE: shamanism polynesia