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Biology: BIOL 2060: How to Cite Sources

This guide is designed to help students access credible information related to Biology.

Microbiology: How to Cite Sources

Citing Source quotation marks icon             An important aspect of using the sources you find is properly citing them. You will want to include complete and full references for each assignment. The good news is that creating and providing citations is not difficult!

You can use a citation generator to create your citations or build them yourselves. More information on doing so is available below.

Always consider the citations you pull from any citation generator to be drafts. You should review the citation for accuracy. You may need to fix spacing, indentation, capitalization, the number of authors listed in the citation, and URLs or DOIs. If you are using APA, for example, a common error is that the citation generator will capitalize every word in the article's title, instead of using sentence case.

Built-In Citation Generators

The majority of the Library's databases, including OneSearch, CINAHL, and Science Direct, have built-in citation generators, which help you to easily retrieve citations for your sources. Both Google Scholar and PubMed Central also have citation generators.

Once you've selected an article, look for the "Cite" tool. In some databases, including Google Scholar and Natural Science Collection, this looks like a quotation marks (" ") icon. In others, it will say "Cite." Below is an example of the "Cite" tool icon for OneSearch and any EBSCO databases.

OneSearch's Tools Menu

Free Online Citation Generators

Would you like more citations assistance?

The SLCC Student Writing Center can help you:

  • Understand assignments
  • Expand on ideas
  • Revise writing
  • Notice errors
  • And more...

Make an appointment to meet with a tutor for additional assistance understanding and crafting citations.

Citation Assistance & Guides

Need Help?

Contact the Science, Mathematics and Engineering liaison librarian: You may also schedule a 30-minute library consultation with Amy.