Though scientific publications document sources in similar ways, the details of presenting source information vary from journal to journal. Most biologists, zoologists, earth scientists, geneticists, and other scientists use one of three systems of documentation specified in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.
In the Library Catalog: Scientific Style and Format
To learn more about this style, visit the CSE online manual (accessible from on-campus).
CSE Style for a print book:
After the author(s) and title, give the place of publication, the name of the publisher, and the date of publication:
Melchias G. Biodiversity and conservation. Enfield (NH): Science; 2001.
CSE Style for a journal article:
Mahmud K, Vance ML. Human growth hormone and aging. N Engl J Med. 2003;348(2):2256-2257.
CSE Style for an online article from a database:
Begin with the name of the author and the title of the article. Include the name of the journal, followed by the word “Internet” in brackets. Give the date of publication or the copyright date. Include in brackets the date the article was updated or modified, if any, and the date you accessed it, followed by a semicolon. Then provide the volume, issue, and page numbers. If the article is unpaginated, include in brackets the number or an estimated number of pages, screens, paragraphs, lines, or bytes. Write “Available from:” and the URL.
Isaacs FJ, Blake WJ, Collins JJ. Signal processing in single cells. Science [Internet]. 2005 Mar 25 [cited 2009 Jun 17];307(5717): 1886-1888. Available from: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/307/5717/1886