Student Support Services seeks to provide student with as much useful information as possible so that student can achieve their goals. We also encourage student to research and look for other sources of information that will help them excel.We have put together a small list of useful links and resources to help you in your search. Please also discuss any ideas or concerns with your kaiako (tutor), or your localStudent Support Team – we are all here to help you succeed.
American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing
Referencing refers to the way in which you acknowledge your sources of information for assignments. Even though there are many different referencing styles, here at TWoA we use APA format. Here are some useful websites that will help you format your references correctly using APA format.
For a website that formats your reference list for you,click here.
APA website help with electronic sources, such as websites,click here.
For an easy-to-follow, colour-coded APA citation guide,click here.
Writing Skills and Essay Writing For online essay and writing guides try the following links:
We have listed a number of useful websites here to help you understand more about academic writing. Please read them, use their ideas, and then discuss your findings with your kaiako (tutor) and/or your local Student Support Team.
Thesaurus: A thesaurus provides a list of words with similar, related, or opposite meanings. Similar or related meanings are called “synonyms”, whilst opposite meanings are called “antonyms”.When you write, it is not unusual to use certain words quite frequently. However, overuse of the same word or words can make your writing repetitive and uninteresting. As such, varying your word use when writing can keep the reader interested in what you are saying as well as having the added benefit of improving your vocabulary (word knowledge). One way to vary your word use and increase your writing vocabulary is to use a thesaurus to gather a list of words that have the same meaning. Then, when you find that you have repeated certain words in your writing, you can choose another synonym to take the place of the original word you used. Please be aware that you should firstly understand the meaning of the words BEFORE you use them. This is to avoid selecting a word that does not fit the context of the sentence. Because of this, we recommend that you use a dictionary in addition to a thesaurus so that you use only the most appropriate word or words. Remember, the links to these word-finding tools below will only help you FIND words; they will not necessarily tell you how or when to USE these words. As such, you will need to LEARN what these words mean. Please see your kaiako and/or your local Student Support Team if you would like to discuss your ideas and/or questions. Thesaurus Web links:
Dictionaries English Dictionaries: A dictionary is a vital resource for ALL students. There are also specialised dictionaries that provide the meanings of words that are used in fields such as medicine, computing, law, art, science and the social sciences. Before going to these sites, be aware that some dictionaries will require American Spelling.
The Free Dictionary – this link also has specialised dictionaries for computing, medicine, and finance.
Yourdictionary is a free online English dictionary and much more. The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology (the word’s origins) results for your word. Alternately, you can browse the dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms. In addition, YourDictionary provides resources to help you find the best dictionary and translation sites other languages.
Māori Dictionaries For the Ngata Dictionary, click here. For the online version of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index, click here.
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