Citation styles are the formats used by journals to acknowledge work done by previous authors. All research is a part of a larger conversation in your field, in which current projects are simultaneously informed by previous research work and will inform future research work as well. Some popular ones in biology are Cell, Science, and Nature styles. Check with your professor to see which citation style they prefer you use.
If you have only ever cited in APA or MLA style, that is okay! The concept of citing work that is not yours will be the same, but the format will change. Use a citation manager, such as EndNote, to help you easily format your in-text citations and bibliography as well as switch between citation styles. Citation managers are also organizational tools to help you keep track of your literature research in addition to automatically formatting citations in your paper.
The Biology department requires the use of EndNote in many of its classes. For more information on getting started with EndNote, including how to download it for free, click here or see other resources on this page.
When you install the EndNote software to your computer, it comes with a plugin for Word, called Cite While You Write. This plugin will allow you to add references directly to your papers as you're writing them.
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