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Examples of paragraphs with quotesThemes
EducationHierarchy of needs. (Example of misquoting to beware).
 Treaty of Waitangi. (Example of patch writing to beware.)
PhilosophyPlato's problem with democracy.
 Mill's utilitarianism and conflict with justice.
 Locke and the quality of objects.
BiologyKoi Carp in Waikato. (Example of an irrelevant quote.)
Examples of paraphrasesThemes
Geography Developing nations and economic strategies.
 Developing nations and economic strategies. (Common knowledge)
PhilosophyPlato's criticism of democracy. (Paragraphing annotations included)

Types of sources often cited in university assignments.
Book - one author
Chapter from an edited book
Printed journal
Course readings
Online magazine
Blog posts

Books with one author - the little features of punctuation that students sometimes miss.

Books with two or more authors - what to do in your reference list and citations when there is more than one author.

This resource was developed by Katherine Gilliver-Brown, Student Learning, Faculty of Education. This project is designed to help students to learn to recognise the elements of writing that contribute to the quality of a text. Thank you to the following people:

  • Jim Fulton,Ben Shuker, Daisy Ager, and Dawn Marsh for contributing excerpts or activity content.

Enjoy - Katherine

The University of Waikato Library has fabulous help with referencing.

Visit the Virtual Reference Desk

Verd graphic from Moodle

Library tutorials
Help with referencing

image for chatting with a librarian from the library's webpage