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Researching your topic

What makes a good reference?

Scientists must use peer-reviewed sources when writing. These include articles from scientific journals such as the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, Trends in Ecology & Evolution (TREE), or research articles in Nature. You can use chapters from scholarly books on specific topics, eg, (Clout, 2006) available from the Catalogue or e-book collections provided by Libraries and Learning Services.

Other sources of information include government reports, for example from the Department of Conservation (DoC) or the Auckland Council.  

Avoid using non-peer reviewed websites like Wikipedia, your lecture notes, or course guides, as references in an essay or report.

Peer-review process

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