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CSE Quick Citation Guide

This guide contains some examples of common citation formats in CSE Style (Council of Science Editors, formerly called the CBE Council of Biology Editors).

C-S and C-N System: Books & Websites

Important Elements

  • Author (last name and initials only for first & middle names)
  • Title (capitalize only the first word of title and subtitle, and proper nouns)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • Number of pages

The basic format would be:

Last Name Initials[period] Title[period] Place[colon] Publisher[semi-colon] Year[period] # of pages [p period]

Online Material

The basic rules for citing do not differ for internet items from what is required for print.  Simply listing a URL is not sufficient

  • All the publication information should also be listed as in the examples below
  • Add [accessed date] after date of publication
  • Add URL at the end


Entire Website

APSnet: plant pathology online. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association: c1994-2005 [accessed 2005 Jun 20].

Page within a website

Kishbaugh K. What you need to know about paying for veterinary school. American Veterinary Medical Association.  2015. [accessed 2015 Jun 20].

Book by a single author

Sherman, C. The invisible Web : uncovering information sources search engines can't see. Medford, N.J.: CyberAge Books, Information Today; 2001. 439 p.

Book by two or more authors

Voet D, Voet JG. Biochemistry. New York: J Wiley; 1990. 1223 p.

Book with editors

Gilman AG, Rall TW, Nies AS, Taylor P, editors. The pharmacological basis of therapeutics. 8th ed. New York: Pergamon; 1990. 1811 p.

Online Book

Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. Introduction to genetic analysis. 7th ed. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman & Co.; c2000 [accessed 2005 May 31].

Chapter within a book

Kuret JA, Murad F. Adenohypophyseal hormones and related substances. In: Gilman AG, Rall TW, Nies AS, Taylor P, editors. The pharmacological basis of therapeutics. 8th ed. New York: Pergamon; 1990. p 1334-60.


Anders, A. Effects of large-scale climate on avian population dynamics across species' North American breeding distributions [dissertation]. [University Park, (PA)]: Pennsylvania State University; 2008.


IMGT/HLA Sequence Database. Release 2.9.0. Cambridge (England): European Bioinformatics Institute. 2003- [updated 2005 Jun 1; accessed 2005 Jun 22].