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RESEARCH GUIDES

Biology

Getting Started

Caution!!!
While we provide links for access, we strongly caution students new to citations against using citation generators such as Zotero, MS Word Bibliography Manager, KnightCite & BibMe.  Anybody wishing to use these tools should be aware that any user errors, including mistakes in capitalization or spelling, will be carried over into the citation output.   For this reason, it is important to:

  1. Be familiar with the citation format that is required in your assignment
  2. Input all information carefully and accurately
  3. Carefully proofread all citations that the software outputs.

Resources like the OWL at Purdue will help to familiarize you with citation styles by showing formatting and examples.  The Daemen Reference Department believes the OWL is the #1 citation resource available.  After some time, you will begin to recognize the patterns associated with the different citation styles.

The Patterns

After creating enough of them, you'll start to notice a consistent pattern with citations. It goes as follows:

Author(s), Year. Title of the thing you're citing, Title of the Thing It's In,

Location Information. Digital Retrieval Information

Here are some examples in a few different formats.

AMA:

Morales C, Traveset A, Harder L. Sterile flowers increase pollinator attraction and promote

female success in the Mediterranean herb Leopoldia comosa. Ann. Bot. [serial online]. January 2013;111(1):103-111. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed November 5, 2014.

APA:

Morales, C. L., Traveset, A., & Harder, L. D. (2013). Sterile flowers increase pollinator

attraction and promote female success in the Mediterranean herb Leopoldia comosa. Annals of Botany, 111(1), 103-111. Retrieved from http://0-search.ebscohost.com.daeme.iii.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip,uid&db=a9h&AN=84556039&site=ehost-live&scope=site

 

As you can see, the information remains the same and only the order is changed. There will always be consistency in citations.

Bibliographic Management and Citation Generators

When Should I Cite?

We should cite whenever we have directly quoted or paraphrased the work of someone else.  You should also cite a source if you are including an image, chart or graph that in not originally yours.  In college and always, citing is greatly encouraged whenever you are writing a research paper.