Study Skills and Resources

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is strongly committed to encouraging educational integrity, and to helping our students to develop good writing and referencing skills. The University provides a number of resources to assist students with developing good writing and referencing skills as well as access to workshops designed to ensure good study habits.

Writing Hub

The Writing Hub provides writing support to students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Writing Hub can help you at every stage of the writing process, from interpreting essay questions and developing ideas, to understanding how to legitimately integrate information and reference the sources on which you rely. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Writing Hub’s drop in sessions if you have questions about referencing or good writing practices.

The Writing Hub also offers units of study that are designed to help students to strengthen their academic writing skills.

For more information on the Writing Hub’s units of study or to arrange a writing session or workshop, please contact the Writing Hub on (02) 9351 2309 or at .

The Write Site

The Write Site provides three online modules to help students to develop academic writing skills.
Module 2 focuses on acknowledging sources, evaluating sources, quoting and paraphrasing and referencing.

Recommended Referencing Styles

Poor referencing of other peoples' work is one of the reasons that can lead to an allegation of Academic Dishonesty. During your studies you will encounter different referencing styles depending on the subject area you enrol in, and it is important that you follow the directions of your unit of study coordinator and refer to departmental guidelines in relation to good referencing practices.

University of Sydney Library

The Library's websiteis designed to help students to develop information skills for life. The site contains quick and easy modules on many topics.


Academic dishonesty issues often arise as a result of poor study habits. The University's Counselling and Psychological Service offers a range of different workshops to improve your study skills and pay particular attention to time management, procrastination and Managing Stress. The full schedule of workshops offered by CAPS can be found here.

The Learning Centre also offers a range of workshops on academic writing, research and other skills including a 3 hour workshop on Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing Evidence.
The full schedule of workshops offered by the Learning Centre can be found here.