In this section, you will find many instructional materials we've developed for our Writing Center teaching.
However, there are limitations to these materials. Assignments vary, and different instructors want different things from student writers. Therefore, the advice here may or may not apply to your writing situation.
Finally, handouts can give only a fraction of the customized guidance that an individual conference with a Writing Center instructor can provide. If you have questions about the information in our handouts, please make an appointment to see a Writing Center instructor.
This section describes the numbered reference system and gives examples from one version of the system.* Ask your instructor what specific style to use.
- Go to the Numbered References reference list page
- Go to the Numbered References in-text citations page
Documentation styles for chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and medical sciences are summarized in James D. Lester, Writing Research Papers, 5th ed., pp. 231-237, available in the Writing Center.
*This version is used, with slight variations, in many journals and in two books on scientific writing: Robert A. Day's How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper and F. Peter Woodford's Scientific Writing for Graduate Students (both available in the Writing Center).