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This guide will help you set up your CSE citations.  Click on the tab for the source you want to cite for examples. 

If you cannot find an example here, ask a librarian or use our 24/7 online chat service:   Ask a Librarian.

Copies of the CSE Manual are available for use in the library.  For a copy, ask the librarian.

NOTE: The majority of examples used in this guide are from Scientific Style and Format, The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers, 7th edition.

General Rules

Authors' names.
List last name first.  Use initials for first and middle names, with no periods after the initials and no space between them. No commas between the lane name and the initials. If a work has two to ten authors, list all of their names with commas between them.  If a work has more than ten authors, list the first ten names with commas between them, followed by a comma and "et al."

Titles of books and articles
Capitalize only the first word in the title of a book or article (and all proper nouns).  Do not underline or italicize the book title; no quotation marks around article titles.

Titles of journals
Abbreviate journal titles that consist of more than one word.  Omit the word the and of; do not use apostrophes.  Capitalize all the words or abbreviated words in the title; do not underline or italicize the title.

Publication information
Include the date, city of publication and name of the publisher.  If no publication date, use a copyright date, "c2010"  If no date is found, as is often true with electronic sources, include in the citation the phrase "date unknown" in brackets [  ].

Electronic sources
For sources found on the Internet, include the word "Internet" in brackets [ ] after the title of the book, periodical, report or website.

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