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BIOL 404: Molecular Biology: Writing & Citing

Citing Sources

Citations are key to participating in the scholarly community. They are a way to converse with other scholars, but they also:

  • Give fair credit to others for their ideas, creations, and expressions.
  • Back up claims and statements.
  • Provide a way for an interested reader to learn more.
  • Support academic integrity.

Consult Citation Tools to learn more about different citation styles.  Collins Library also supports two knowledge management tools:  RefWorks and Zotero.

Get Help at CWLT

The Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching (CWLT), located in Howarth 109, offers students opportunities to get help on all aspects of the writing process.  Services include:

  • Writing Advisors who are selected through a rigorous application process and who are specially trained to help students get started on a paper, organize their thoughts, or improve their editing skills.
  • Peer Tutors in a wide range of subjects who are nominated by professors in their disciplines and who are specially trained to help students individually or in small groups.
  • Language Partners who work with multilingual students to help them navigate the conventions and quirks of academic English writing.
  • Academic Consultants who are specially trained to help students improve their time management skills, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies.

Sound Writing


Sound Writing is the official writing handbook on campus, written by student writing advisors and specifically tailored to the needs of Puget Sound students and their faculty.

In addition to supporting the development of successful academic writing skills, Sound Writing also includes sections on research methods, writing in the disciplines, and more.

Sound Writing provides help with three citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago (notes & bibliography).

Current Edition: 2020

Citation Format

It is important that you choose a format for your bibliography and be consistent.  Skim the reference section of a few journals and look at the format they use in the references section, or select one of the more commonly used styles, such as APA. Choose one and stick to it! Most journals also give instructions on their websites as part of their 'information for authors' guides about how to properly style references:

Citing Sources

Citation management tools will make your life easier! Both of our citation management tools will allow you to import the style of the journal that you need, and use it automatically! 

There are two programs which are supported by Collins Library:  RefWorks and Zotero. Feel free to make an appointment with Eli or drop by the library during on-call hours (9am-6pm Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm Friday) to get help from any librarian in setting up or getting the most out of a citation management system.

Citation & Science Writing Resources- APA Style