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Links to resources for conducting Biology research at Okanagan College, and tips on how to use them. This guide also links to course-specific research strategy guides for some OC Biology courses.

Citation Styles

Citation styles dictate the way you list and format your references, as well as the way you lay out your paper. The most important rule to remember is to follow the citation style prescribed by your instructor.

APA Style

Some Biology courses use APA (American Psychological Association) Style

This style is described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA] (7th ed., 2020).

Visit OC Library's APA style guide resource page.  Use the OC Library APA style guide (PDF)

TIP: Keep track of your sources as you work. Backtracking to relocate a source can be time-consuming and frustrating.

            Use this checklist (PDF) while writing your paper to make sure it is consistent with APA 7th ed. style. (

            (OWL Purdue University)


CSE Style

Another style sometimes used in Biology is published by the CSE (Council of Science Editors).

Kelowna campus library has a copy of Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers 8th ed. in the Reference Collection at T 11 .S386 2014.  Follow this link to a SSF Citation Quick Guide


Style for a particular journal

Example: Journal of Ecology

Citation instructions under author guidelines


Writing for Biology

For more information about writing, reporting & presenting research papers for Biology, you may want to consult the books below, variously available from Okanagan College campus libraries or accessible as eBooks via the OCtopus search engine.

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