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Working on assignments can be scary, especially if you haven’t written one for a while or are new to tertiary study.

This page provides resources you will find useful to help you research, structure, draft and write your assignments.

There is a lot of material that can be found on the web to assist you with academic English.

Below is a set of links which will act as a starting point. If you can’t find what you need here, ask for help in the support or course forums.

Essays and assignments

Report writing

Reflective practice

Searching for information

Literature Reviews


  • Citing and referencing (Otago Polytechnic)
  • Zotero: a free personal research assistant that allows you to store reference information. It helps you collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources.
  • Mendeley: allows you to organise, read and annotate documents in one place. You can import documents directly from the Web.