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Biology: Citing

Use Refworks to Cite

Refworks: A citation manager that lets you import, export, and create citations. 

APA Resources

A collection of links to help you with APA. 

APA Games and Tests

A collection of games and tests online to help you assess your knowledge of citing and plagiarism. 

Citing in APA

APA is often used in courses in the social sciences. The most current version of APA is outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. 

You cite sources to avoid plagiarism. Provide enough information when you cite so that your reader can find each source you used. This way, your information is verifiable. 

You have to provide a parenthetical in-text citation that points to the information you used, and a bibliographic citation at the end that gives information to find your source.

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Essentials for Reference Pages

In APA citation, the information needed is

  • Last name, first initials (periods ex. A. B.)
  • Year of publication
  • Title (book, journal, webpage) First word capitalized only and the first word in a subtitle is capitalized
  • City: (book)
  • Publisher (book)
  • Volume (journal)
  • Page (journal)
  • Retrieved from (websites)

For more information or for examples click on the blue words

In AMA citation, the information needed is

  • Last name, first initials (no periods ex. AB)
  • Title(book, journal, webpage)
  • Journal name
  • Edition of book if applicable
  • City: State
  • Page Numbers
  • Volume(number)
  • Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) if a web page is used

For more information or for examples click on the blue words

In CSE citation, the information needed is

  • Name (group then authors or authors then group; authors are last name, first initials [no periods ex. AB])
  • Title.
  • Journal.
  • Year;
  • Volume:
  • Page number(s).

For more information and examples check here

Citation Managers

Citation managers let you organize, create, share, import, export, and manage bibliographic data and research content, including PDFs and links.

  • Refworks: Licensed by the University, TAMUCT students, faculty, and staff can sign up to create a free account.
  • Zotero: From the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Zotero's basic account is free. 
  • Mendeley: With a focus on academic social networking, Mendeley is a free to users. 
  • EndNote: A powerful citation and research software used by many advanced researchers. Student pricing is available on the EndNote webpage.  

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