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BMB 448: Model Systems and Approaches in Cell Biology Inquiry


Important Elements:

  • Author (last name, initials only for first & middle names.  List all names for up to 10 authors, if more than 10 list the first author and then “et al.” or “and others”)
  • Title of article (capitalize only the first word of title and subtitle, and proper nouns)
  • Title of publication abbreviated (if possible use ISO abbreviations used by PubMed)
  • Date of publication of article (year only for scholarly journals; year and month for magazines; year, month and day for daily or newspapers publications)
  • Volume and issue number
  • Page numbers of article

The basic format would be:

Last Name Initials[period] Year[period]Article title[period] Abbreviated Journal Title[period] Volume (issue)[colon] 1st page number[hyphen]last page number[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 the journal name
Add the URL  at the end

Follow the link below to practice citing an article in CSE N-Y sequence:


Online Scholarly Article

Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. 2005. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ. [accessed 2007 May 31]; 330(7500):1119-1120. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.119.

Article in a scholarly journal

Cox J, Engstrom RT. 2001. Influence of the spatial pattern of conserved lands on the persistence of a large population of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Biol Conserv. 100(1): 137-150.

Article in Conference Proceedings

Lee DJ, Bates D, Dromey C, Xu X, Antani S. c2003. An imaging system correlating lip shapes with tongue contact patterns for speech pathology research. In: Krol M, Mitra S, Lee DJ, editors. CBMS 2003. Proceedings of the 16th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems; 2003 Jun 26027; New York. Los Alamitos (CA): IEEE Computer Society; P.307-313.

Technical Report

Feller BA. 1981. Health characteristics of persons with chronic activity limitation, United States, 1979. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); Report No.: VHS-SER-10/137. Available from: NTIS, Springfield, VA; PB88-228622.

Article in a magazine (include volume # if given)

Losos JB. 2001 Mar. Evolution: A lizard's tale. Sci Am. 284(3): 64-69.

Article in a daily newspaper

Yoon CK. 2000 Dec 26. DNA clues improve outlook for red wolf. New York Times. Sect. F:10 (col. 1).