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Biology Research Guide: Citation guides

Resources for biology students. Contact us at the Reference Desk for help with your library research, by phone at (819) 822-9600, ext. 2608 or by email at

Cite your sources

When writing papers, it is very important to acknowledge the sources of information used. This can be done in a variety of styles (CSE, APA, MLA, etc.). Find out from your professor which style should be used before you begin. 

Books that may be helpful when you are preparing a paper:

Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers

T 11 .S386 2006 Ref

A short guide to writing about biology

QH 304 .P43 2007 Ref

Writing papers in the biological sciences

QH 304 .M36 2006 Ref

A student handbook for writing in biology

QH 304 .K59 2005 General

APA style guide to electronic references

BF 76.7 .P833 2007 Ref

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association

BF 76.7 .P83 2001 Ref

MLA handbook for writers of research papers

LB 2369 .G53 2003 Ref

The National Research Press has manuscript guidelines available online for each of its journals. For example, the Canadian Journal of Botany has these manuscript guidelines available under "Instructions to Authors".

Library's Revised APA Handout (6th ed.)

Frequently asked questions about APA Style

Frequently asked questions about the MLA Handbook


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