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Unformatted text preview: ly frowned upon. The web, unless the source is well identified and credible, and experts have revised the information, carries very little credibility. How to cite When citing your sources, you must respect two principles: 1. The source of the facts or opinions must be clearly identifiable. 2. The reference given must be sufficiently detailed to allow anybody to find the source without ambiguity. In practice, details of the format vary. Each scientific journal has its own standards and professors may also have diverse requirements. 49 Lab 2 ‐ Scientific Literature However, the most common presentation in science is to include in the text the name of the first author and the year of the publication (e.g. Mercier et al. 1999). You also can use the name of the author(s) directly in a sentence, such as: Mercier and colleagues (1999) studied the effect of….. Finally you must include a complete list of references located at the end of the text, and formatted similarly to this: Mercier, V., A. Morin, and C. Hudon. 1999. Patterns in invertebrate and periphyton size distribution...
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