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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide: Three CSE Systems

Complete CSE Style Guide Print + Online

Scientific Style and Format (8th edition) 

The most recent edition is available for WVU students to use.  If you can't find answer in this research guide, then try the Quick Guide.  

If you would like to use a the print copy, you will find one in the Reference Section of the Downtown Campus Library.  The call number is REF T11.S386 2104.  

Managing Citations

To help you cite in the CSE Style, try one of these citation managers.  You will be able to create a database of citations, organize them, create a bibliography, insert citations as you type your paper, and much more.

CSE Three Documentation Systems

The CSE style offers three documentation systems.  Make a choice based upon the requirements from your professor, the discipline, or the journal for which you are writing. Most science disciplines at WVU, including forensic science and some biology, use the Name-Year (N-Y) system.

Name-Year (N-Y)
References are cited in text with the author's name and year of publication.  The reference list is alphabetic.

Citation-Sequence (C-S)
References are cited with superscript numbers.  The reference list is in the sequence of the citations in the text.

Citation-Name (C-N)
References are cited with superscript numbers.  The reference list is in alphabetic order and numbered.

If you are using a bibliographic management program such as RefWorks or EndNote Web, you can choose which one of the above to use.

Also information on general formatting for citation in all of these formats will be discussed here:

Formatting Guide

Citing Electronic Resources

Electronic resources are cited as print with the URL and/or DOI, digital object identifier, added to the citation.