CSE Name Year Style Citation Support – 8th Edition

Before you begin, ensure that you know what a citation is and when it is used: http://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-citation.

Next, make sure you have watched the videos I created and are comfortable with the basics of research at https://www.marypoffenroth.com/research and have reviewed the OWL Resources.

Next, review the resources on How to Write a Literature Review Paper by Purdue OWL and How to Paraphrase for guidance.

Before we get into side notes, don’t forget to scroll all the way down to read the tips directly related to our course.

When citing a source, you only cite the source that is directly in front of you that you actually read. You never cite the sources that your original, in-hand, paper cited. At minimum, you must have in-text citations at the end of each paragraph (that pertain to what you are discussing in that paragraph) and matching full citations at the end of your paper in the literature cited section (also called “end references”).

Please watch the video at the bottom of this page and link through to the additional resources.


What if there is no DOI?
Not to worry. DOI is actually pretty new, so if there is not one, just don’t worry about including it.

What if there is no Issue or Volume number?
This also happens sometimes. Again, not to worry. If there is no volume or issue number, you can just put a 1 or 0 in the place of the volume or issue space.

  • There are some discrepancies on how to exactly cite websites/web only resources. I would prefer you cite the way I have included in the video below; however, if you are following a CSE Name Year style guide that shows the alternate form, that is fine too. Websites are one of those wonky aspects of traditional citations that have yet to be really locked into place properly.

  • In fact, there are a few tiny discrepancies between hanging indents and comma placement. You will see both styles covered in the videos below. For us, don’t worry yourself – I am looking for you to show me comprehension of the style, not be perfect.

  • There are differences, especially in comma placement, between the 7th and 8th edition. Please follow the 8th edition.

  • Be cautious of auto-generated citation makers. Some are good some are terrible. If you submit a Frankenstein’s monster of copy/pasted citations, you will be marked down. Make sure all the info is there and that it is actually in the correct format. Learn more about citations generators at https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/using_citation_machines_responsibly.html.

So, if there are all these caveats, why am I having you do CSE Name Year Style instead of a style you already know, like APA or MLA? Well, firstly, scientists don’t use those styles, and this is a science course (sorry, not my call :)) and second, it’s a good practice to be able to expand your citation abilities. For our purposes, show me you can properly cite your sources in text and at the end in CSE Name Year Style. Beyond that, if you wish to write your paper in APA or MLA (Or another accepted academic style), that is fine. Just as long as your citations throughout are in CSE Name Year Style.

Specific to Our Class

A few notes on citing sources for our weekly deliverables/homework:

  • When I include a website citation, it will not be in perfect format because I am deliberately omitting the accessed date.

  • If a weekly deliverable includes a piece of content I give you, you are not “required” to cite it unless it makes sense. For example, if you are introducing the piece/authors in your write-up: “As Kang et al., (2017) stated…”.

  • Where citation style really counts, and I will be closely checking, is in the literature review paper.

  • Citing websites is wonky – I know. Do the best you can with them and show me you can perfectly cite a journal paper/book, and we are good.

  • Each individual full citation at the end of your paper in the literature cited section is single-spaced with a double space separating individual citations. No hanging indents. All left justified. Alphabetized by last name of the first author (or website). Do not include URL information for peer-reviewed articles you retrieved from an online database.

  • Do you know the difference between a website and a peer reviewed journal article viewed online? Watch the video below or read this guide from Santa Clarita Library.

Additional support resources for learning how to cite in CSE Name Year Style.



Formatting Your Paper in CSE Name Year Style