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BIOL 602 Research Methods: Citing Sources

Online Style Manuals

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is one of the most comprehensive style manuals available. Use it to guide you in matters of style not addressed by your discipline's style manual. The CMS is the perfect reference for instructions on citing unique resources or resources not covered in a specific style manual. Follow the layout and general order presented by CMS and make adustments according to your specific style manual, such as journal title abbreviations or presentation of author's names.

Scientific Style Manuals

Manage Citations with Mendeley or Zotero

Citation managers are applications that collect, manage, and cite research sources. MSU Mankato's librarians recommend Mendeley or Zotero. 

Mendeley or Zotero can help you:

  • Create bibliographies and in text citations for assignments and research projects. Available writing styles include APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more. 
  • Organize citations to create a personalized literature database.
  • Export citations for library databases and freely available websites.
  • Save and annotate PDFs.

Other Citation Styles

If you are writing for a specific publication, use Google to find the journal's home page and look for information or instructions for authors. Most scholarly journals have information that details matters of style, organization, and systems for citing sources.

Our Citiations Libguide can help you get on your way.

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