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Biology

A research guide for CSUDH students in the biological sciences.

Citation in the Sciences

Citation is essential to your research! Properly citing your sources shows you did your research, makes your own claims stronger, and prevents you from plagiarizing. If you're not sure if you need to cite something this chart can help.

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Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style

CSE (Council of Science Editors) is most commonly used by writers in the Biology and natural science fields.

American Medical Association (AMA) Style

The American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th edition, is the authoritative guide for writing AMA style papers, with detailed information on how to format papers, cite sources, and prepare an article for publication.

A print copy of the guide is available at the reference desk. You can use it in the library, but you cannot check it out. The call number is R 119. A533 2007. We do not have a digital copy of the guide at this time.