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CELOP Library Research: STEM

Citing Your Sources

Proper citation is an essential aspect of scholarship. Citing properly allows your reader or audience to locate the materials you have used. Most importantly, citations give credit to the authors of quoted or consulted information.

For detailed instructions on how to cite within the text of your paper, please consult a style manual listed below. 

BU Librarians often recommend refworks RefWorks as the best tool to manage citations. Accounts are free for the BU community, and most importantly RefWorks can automatically create a bibliography in hundreds of styles.

Here are some easy web options.

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style

Scientific Style and Format

Quick Guide

Citing Your Sources: CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style
Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors.
8th ed. Cambridge University Press, 2014
Location: Science & Engineering Library T11.S386 2014 

See Chapter 30: Citations and References pages 617-676 
Citing electronic sources pages 665-669

Chicago Style


MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style