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BIOL 108 (Principles and Methods in Biology)

This course guide was developed specifically for Biology 108 to provide information about research for your class project.

Evaluating Sources -- Is it credible or not?

Evaluating Sources -- Another option

Evaluating News Sources

RefWorks

Other Citation Management Software Options

If you don't want to use RefWorks, try one of these other citation management options. These are free, but you may have to create an account to use them.

Tip! When citing an article from a journal, remember use the template for a journal article citation, not a website. Yes, the article may be found on the web, but it's important to cite the information from the journal, not the website.

Citing Sources

See Citing Sources from the Consortium Library's How to Guide series that explains:

  • why citations are important.
  • how to read a citation.
  • how to cite in APA style.

Examples of Academic Journal Citations in APA Style

1. For an article found in a print journal, include the basic citation information:

Peanut, X., Butter, Y. Y., & Jelly, Z. Z. Z.  (2016). Sandwich ingredient preferences of common ravens (Corvus corax) (Corvidae) in Anchorage dumpsters. Avian Biology 12(2), 1453-1461.

2. For an article found online that includes a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), include the basic citation information plus the DOI:

Banana, A. B., & Apple, C. (2014). Preferred fruit selections of hungry University of Alaska Anchorage students. Journal of Health and Human Behavior, 446(3), 77-83. doi:12.3456/123456789

3. For an article found online that does not have a DOI, include the basic citation information (see example #1).
 

Compiling Your Reference List

Tip! Biology 108 uses APA style according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, so you will need to format your list of references to this particular style. 

Remember, it's ALWAYS important to double-check the accuracy of the citations in your list of references to make sure that you have:

  • italicized the genus and/or species names of organisms that appear in the article title.
  • correctly capitalized proper nouns (e.g., names of countries, oceans, etc.).
  • put the journal title and volume number in italics.
  • used author initials instead of first name, middle name, etc.