Atmospheric Sciences: Writing, citing, referencing & Endnote

A guide for finding materials for the study of Atmospheric Sciences

Why cite & reference?

At university, you are required to use references to support your views in assignments and to acknowledge the sources from which you draw your information.

References are required whenever you cite words, information or ideas which are not your own. This includes:

  • direct quotations
  • theories, concepts or ideas
  • definitions (e.g. art movements or techniques)
  • images or artworks you use or refer to in your assignment.

You are not required to reference common knowledge.

For more detailed information see the Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial

Managing citations and references

Available resources

What style to use?

Your assessment instructions may indicate the use of a particular 'Style'.  If you are unsure, check with your lecturer or supervisor to confirm in what styles you are required to submit your papers.

The Library has an online tutorial on Citing and referencing, which includes examples of several different styles. Please contact your librarian if you require further advice. See also the Citing and Referencing library guide.


Free software for managing citations and associated files for Monash University students and staff. It integrates with common word processors. Windows and Mac versions available

EndNote Quickstart kit

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another. It is a very serious academic offence, and can result in your work being failed automatically. The best way to avoid it is to take careful notes of where you find your information, and always acknowledge the work of others. Such work may include sections of text, quotations, original ideas, graphics, diagrams, charts, tables and figures.

Plagiarism is:

  • using an author's work which is paraphrased or presented without a reference
  • copying other students' work; including items of assessment which are written in conjunction with other students (without prior permission of your tutor / lecturer)
  • submitting work which has already been submitted for assessment previously in another course.

Read the Monash University Plagiarism policy

Test your knowledge of plagiarism with this short quiz

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI's)

A DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique alphanumeric code for persistent identification of an electronic item on the Internet.

A DOI name may look something like this   DOI:  10.1080/10911359.2011.535733

If you have a DOI and want to see the matching citation (or the full-text if you have access), use a DOI resolver, or try pasting the DOI into a Google search.