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Find Your Course Readings

When you have an assignment first check the required or recommended readings for your course.

How do I find readings for my course? 

  • a printed course book
  • from Canvas
  • from the Library's website use Course Reading Lists. Use the Catalogue or Articles & more on Library Search to find additional books and articles on your topic.

How do I find what's on my Reading List? Click on the Course Reading Lists tab and search by your Course Code e.g. Pacific 100. The Exams tab on Library Search will find past exam papers by course code.

Types of readings may include books, book chapters, journal articles, lecture series, and manuscripts.

Ask your lecturer and/or tutor for the list of required readings for the assignment, if you do not have them already. 

The readings below are set out in the APA Referencing Style. 

Book example

Lynch, J. (1998). Pacific languages: an introduction. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
 How do you tell this is a book? Look for:  - place of Publication & Publisher
See book example in Find items from my reading list. Here is a link to a video on Is it a book, an article or a chapter?

Book Chapter

Nabobo-Baba, U. (2006). The Vugalei Fijian worldview: seeing with the eyes, heart, soul and 'stomach'. In U. Nabobo-Baba, Knowing and learning: an indigenous Fijian approach (pp.37-59). Suva: University of the South Pacific.
How do you tell this is a book chapter? Look for: -a chapter title and a book title
                                                                                         - the word 'In' before the book title
                                                                                         - page numbers
                                                                                         - place of publication and publisher
See book chapter example in Find items from my reading list

Journal Article
 Schoeffel, P. (1999). Samoan exchange and 'fine mats': an historical reconsideration. The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 108(2), 116-148.
How do you tell this is a journal article? Look for: 
   - an article title and a journal name - some styles abbreviate the journal name
            - volume and page numbers. An issue number may be within ( ) after the volume number
            - no place of publication or publisher
See journal article example in Find items from my reading list

 Lecture/lecture notes
 Anae, M. (2010, March, 11). TEU LE VA towards a native anthropology: Insider/Outsider debate. Unpublished lecture notes, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
How do you tell these are lecture notes? Look for:
- Unpublished lecture notes
- Date

 Taumoefolau, M. (2001). Tongan language and culture. Unpublished draft paper. University of Auckland.
How do you tell this is a manuscript? Look for: 
- Unpublished draft paper.

You can search for books and articles on your reading list using Library Search. Many students who attend the Library Course, Find Course Readings, Articles and Exams find doing assignments easier and get better marks. You can book the course online, and/or download the handout

Find Articles

You may need to find additional information to support your essay.

Journal articles provide up-to-date information on current research.

You can find more relevant academic articles from the Library's website than from Google.

To find articles from the Library's website try:

  • Library Search - searching Articles & more to find over 100 million articles from the Library's databases
  • Individual databases - search a specific database for more in-depth and precise information. Library databases are listed by name in one A-Z list on the Databases page. The Connect page of each database provides useful information on topics and coverage,and gives you access to search with your NetId and password.
    • Individual databases suggested for Pacific Studies are found on the Pacific Studies Subject Guide.
    • To search individual databases effectively book the Library course Find Articles II: Advanced Database Searching online.

Find the fulltext of the article

To read articles online look for these links:

In Library Search 
In Databases or Google Scholar
 In Databases - Video
TIP: Make sure you record full details of the articles you use such as the author, title, source, and in the case of internet resources the URL and the date you accessed the sites. You will need these details for your reference list.
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Academic Integrity

All students new to the Univesrity of Auckland are required to complete the Academic Integrity (AI) Online Course. If you are not a first year student it is still recommended that you look at the relevant modules in the AI course. [You do not need to complete the associated tests unless you are a first year student] 

The AI Course teaches you:

  1. why acknowledging the work of others is important at university and avoid plagiarism.
  2. the consequences of academic dishonesty at The University of  Auckland.

Plagiarism means taking the work and ideas of others and using them as your own without giving them credit. It is important that you acknowledge where you got the ideas from and write in your own words. 

To access AI course go to the Academic Integrity site and login with NetID and password.

Your assignments will be rewarded for acknowledging the sources of information you use to support your work. You do not need to pretend that ideas you get from reading are yours. Acknowledging where you found ideas is an important academic skill and part of essay writing. If you do not do this you are guilty of plagiarism. The University does not tolerate plagiarism and considers it a serious academic offense of cheating in coursework.

The AI course will help you avoid plagiarism

  • Record details of materials used e.g. author, title, year, source, publisher, publication place, page numbers
  • Reference all ideas, data etc used
  • Use quote marks to show quotations
  • Paraphrase using your own words and acknowledge
  • Use appropriate referencing style
    More information on plagiarism is on Referen©ite page.


When you write your assignment you will want to build a case for your own conclusions by "citing" other peoples' work, thus demonstrating what information led you to those conclusions. 

Referencing is incorporating the work of others in your own work, and acknowledging and showing when you are using someone else's ideas and where you got them from.

At university academics and students are expected to use a recognised, consistent style for citing work. The reader can then track the source down if they are interested in looking at it.

Most Pacific Studies courses use the APA style from the American Psychological Association. Within APA there are rules for citing all types of materials; books, journal articles, web sites etc. Information on Referencing Styles used at the University of Auckland is found on Referen©ite


TIP:  look at Referen©ite, especially Quick©ite, which allows you to preview how your reference should be cited according to the style. Within Referen©ite there are examples of how to cite all kinds of materials, including books, journal articles, newspapers, magazines, and online sources.

Quick self quiz

1. If you wanted to find some journal articles on a topic you could get these by searching the library catalogue

2. You can access the Library databases either from the A-Z listing or by the databases by subject breakdown

3. JSTOR, Project Muse and Index New Zealand are some of the major Pacific studies journal databases

4. When you combine search terms with "and" this will narrow the search and give you fewer results

5. The abstract of the article will give you a summary of what the article is about

6. Plagiarism means taking the work and ideas of others and using them as your own without acknowledging them

7. Referencing is acknowledging other peoples work and ideas which you have referred to and used in your assignment

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