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BIO 1A - Botany

Examples of Commonly Used CSE Name-Year Citations

CSE is the Council of Science Editors. 

For additional information and examples, see the Scientific Style and Format Citation Quick Guide, 8th edition website.

LPC Library's NEW CSE Name-Year Citation Guide 

Here is a helpful YouTube video from the Laurier Library How to Cite in CSE Format

And here is another excellent library guide from the B.D. Owens Library Scientific Style (CSE) Citation Examples

Source Type Sample End Reference Citation Sample In-text Citation
Article in a scholarly journal from a library database** Clyde D. 2017. Model organisms: new tools, new insights - probing social behaviour in ants. Genetics. [accessed June 5, 2020]; 18(10): 577. (Clyde 2017)
Article in a scholarly journal Allen ML, Elbroch LM, Casady DS, Wittmer HU. 2014. Seasonal variation in the feeding ecology of pumas (Puma concolor) in northern California.  Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2(5): 397-403. (Allen et al. 2014)
Book by a single author

Gordon D. 1999. Ants at work: how an insect society is organized. New York (NY): Free Press.

(Gordon 1999)
Book by two authors

West GC, Butler CA. 2010. Do hummingbirds hum?: fascinating answers to questions about hummingbirds. New Brunswick (NJ): Rutgers University Press.

(West and Butler 2010)
Book by 3-10 authors

Zug GR, Vitt LJ, Caldwell JP. 2001. Herpetology: an introductory biology of amphibians and reptiles. San Diego (CA): Academic Press.

(Zug et al. 2001)
Book with edition number

Baldwin BG, Goldman DH, Vorobik DA. 2012. The Jepson manual: vascular plants of California. 2nd ed. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press.

(Baldwin et al. 2012)
Book with editors

Thelander CG, editor. 1994. Life on the edge: a guide to California’s endangered natural resources: wildlife. Santa Cruz (CA): Biosystems Books. 550 p.

(Thelander 1994)

Chapter within a book

Roeder KD. 2012. Evasive behavior in the cockroach. In: Carde RT, Resh VH, editors. A world of insects: the Harvard University Press reader. Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press. p. 271-286.

(Roeder 2012)
Chapter from an ebook (i.e. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Online)

Mertz LA. 2004. Bears (Ursidae). In: Hutchins M, Evans AV, Jackson JA, Kleiman DG, Murphy JB, Thoney DA, et al., editors. Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Detroit (MI): Gale.14:295-307. 

Tip: Author's name: look for the "source citation" at the bottom of the Grzimek's online article. Example: Mertz LA

(Mertz 2004)
eBook one author** Gordon DM. 2010. Ant encounters: interaction networks and colony behavior. Princeton: Princeton University Press; [accessed January 20, 2021]. (Gordon 2010)
BTW species accounts/reports (Birds of the World Online)

Heath, JA, Frederick, PC, Kushlan JA, Bildstein KL. 2009. White Ibis (Eudocimus albus).  In: Poole, AF, editor. The Birds of North America. version 2.0. Ithaca (NY): Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

(Heath et al. 2009)

Article in a magazine*

Wong K. 2009 Nov. Rethinking the Hobbits of Indonesia. Scientific American. 301(5): 66-73.

(Wong 2009)

Website with author

Bunch K. 2016. Outside of Erie: what about harmful algal blooms in Lake Ontario? Madison (WI): Great Lake Connection; [accessed 2016 Dec 25];

(Bunch 2016)

Website without author

Algal toxicology and dynamics.  [date unknown].  Indianapolis (IN): Center for Earth and Environmental Science; [accessed 2018 Jan 31];

(Algal toxicology)


CSE recommends abbreviating journal titles (i.e. Can J Zool for Canadian Journal of Zoology).  Some LPC instructors will require that you follow this formatting style. However, journal title abbreviations are NOT required unless your professor instructs you to do so. 

To find the abbreviations recommended by CSE, use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) catalog.

** For eBooks and articles from databases, do not copy and paste the URL from your browser window.  Find the permalink and use that for your URL in your citation.  

edited 9/7/22 fh