Coordinator: Dr. Eichinger
After attending the two scheduled Senior Project group meetings, consult with your topic advisor about choosing and focusing your topic. Your topic advisor will also help you with organization and style.
Most Senior Projects in biology will include the following sections: ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, REVIEW OF LITERATURE (this may be replaced by separate METHODS and RESULTS sections if original research is presented), DISCUSSION, and LITERATURE CITED. Below are guidelines and examples for citing sources in your paper.
Citing Other Works Within the Text of Your Paper
In discussing your data and/or comparing it to the data of other investigators, you must cite or acknowledge the author(s) who wrote the paper or book. When references are cited, the proper form for citations depends on the context. For example: ".. This response to lowered temperature is well known (Larsen and Lee 1994)...", or "... It has been shown by Sordahl (1990) that males are more aggressive than females toward predators ....", or "... species were categorized using the criteria listed by Larsen et al. (1994).” If two authors are cited, both names should be listed: (Larsen and Lee 1994). If there are more than two authors, only the first author's name is listed, followed by et al.: (Larsen et al. 1994).
Do not use footnotes or quotes in the text of your paper. Instead, cite relevant information from the literature in your own words and acknowledge the source using the author and date format. Full reference information is given in the Literature Cited section at the end of your Senior Project.
Literature Cited contains, in alphabetical order, only those items specifically referred to within the text. Items you read but did not specifically cite in the text of your paper should not be included. The following format should be used:
To cite a journal article with one author:
with two authors:
with three (or more) authors
To cite a book
To cite an article in an edited volume (book):
To cite an internet article off the world wide web:
World Wide Web (WWW) sites can be used SPARINGLY in research papers. Such sites often have very different quality from one another. In some cases the site may be no better than a newspaper, in others they can equal a good journal. Be careful when you choose a site, as we look suspiciously at MOST web sites referenced. Web sites come and go, good journals don't.
World Wide Web citations should consist of the following structural units (items 1 & 2, if unknown, can be substituted with "anonymous" and "n.a." for "none available"):