Need some help with Citation Styles? Visit this OWU Libraries Help page. While CSE is the citation style most frequently used in the biological sciences, you may use a style you are familiar with for this project. Need a recommendation? APA works well with ProQuest Flow.
Providing citations to the work of others you use to create your paper shows that you are using information ethically and honestly. The basic tenet, "if you didn't know it before you said it, you have to cite it" applies to all academic scholarship. Citing sources gives credit where credit is due and provides the reader with a "trail of breadcrumbs" which they may use to both learn more about your topic and to follow your line of reasoning. Citing your sources shows that you have done the work and that you respect the intellectual property of the people you cite. Not citing your sources is an act of academic dishonesty and can have grave consequences to both your academic career and your academic reputation.
Each academic discipline tends to have its own separate citation style, often modeled after the core journals in its field. The Biological Sciences use the format developed by the Council of Science Editors, known as CSE Style and utilizes name-date nomenclature.