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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Citation Guide: Home

What is CSE?

CSE stands for Council of Science Editors, and it indicates a specific style to be used when citing information and organizing a research paper. The CSE documentation style is used in the sciences, including: Biology, Ecology, Zoology, and Medicine. 

There are three documentation systems for CSE style:

  • Citation-sequence system
  • Citation-name system
  • Name-year system

You can learn how to use these systems on the menu at your left.

Reference Book

Reference materials are available at the Reference Desk at Smith Library and the Wanek Center Learning Commons.

CSE Quick Reference


There are three documentation systems used in CSE and it is important to ask your professor which style you are supposed to be citing for your paper in before beginning.  In this guide you will find information on how to cite in each of the three styles:

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



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