Services and facilities

To enhance your student experience at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, we make sure that you have access to awesome student spaces, great equipment and technologies, along with advice, support, and assistance before, during and after your studies.



More than just books and study guides, Tai Poutini Polytechnic's library is designed to support students in their study and research. Collections are tailored to the requirements of Tai Poutini Polytechnic study programmes. The Central Library at our Greymouth campus holds the largest collection. Small collections can be found in Westport and Wānaka, which relate to the programmes offered at these campuses. 

Greymouth Library Services

Hours of opening:

Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 5.45pm
The library offers a self-service kiosk.


Books and magazines may be borrowed for three weeks at a time, and may be renewed if the item is not required by another user.  All items are to be returned to the library returns box.  You are responsible for lost or damaged items.  These must be reported to library staff and you may be required to meet the cost of replacement or repair.  Please note:  All borrowed items must be returned at the end of your course. You may not be allowed to graduate if there are any outstanding items on your library card.

West Coast students studying at other tertiary institutions

The Tai Poutini Polytechnic library in Greymouth offers a free service to all West Coast tertiary students, regardless of which institution they are enrolled at or what course they are doing.  You are welcome to register as a Guest User, which will give you access to our book and magazine collection, research databases, our computer suite and internet allowance, and photocopier and scanning facilities.

Study Skills

For information on a range of study skills please select the document of interest from the list below:

APA referencing

You can access a copy of the APA Referencing Guide here.


Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else’s research or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. In the words used by Yale University on its web site,  it is the "... use of another's work, words, or ideas without attribution," which includes "... using a source's language without quoting, using information from a source without attribution, and paraphrasing a source in a form that stays too close to the original." (Quoted in Wikipedia,, sighted on 14 May 2014).

Plagiarism is academic fraud or dishonesty, and is a serious ethical offence which can result in disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion.  Because the internet has made the physical act of copying the work of others so much easier, most academic institutions use detection software to check students’ work for plagiarism. At TPP, the software used is TurnItIn, which is available to both staff and students through the library.

Obviously, students must use the work of others in their assignments. The “fair use” clauses of the Copyright Act permit such use for educational purposes, as long as it is correctly attributed. TPP’s referencing style guide is APA, 6th ed. As long as students provide accurate citations using APA style for all material which has been quoted or paraphrased from another source, then they will be safe from accusations of plagiarism. 


What is a citation?

A “citation” is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source.  It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

  • information about the author
  • the title of the work
  • the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source
  • the date your copy was published
  • the page numbers of the material you are borrowing

Why should I cite sources?

Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing.  But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

  • Citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from. 
  • Not all sources are good or right – your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources.  Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else’s bad ideas.  
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas. 

When do I need to cite?

The following situations almost always require citation:

  • Whenever you use quotes
  • Whenever you paraphrase
  • Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
  • Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
  • Whenever someone else’s work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

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