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PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science

Anatomy of a citation

To cite your references you will need to keep track of the following information for all of your resources. We recommend using a Citation Management tool such as RefWorks or EndNote Web. Essential information for the citation of a journal article is:

  • Author(s)

  • Year

  • Article Title

  • Journal Title

  • Volume & Issue

  • Pages

  • DOI

To cite a book, the publisher's name is required instead of the journal title, volume & issue, and pages.

There are many citation styles; the citations below follow APA 7th edition, the typical citation style used in STEM fields. 

Journal Article:

Baseggio, M., Newman, Y., Sollenberger, L. E., Fraisse, C., & Obreza, T. (2015). Planting rate and depth effects on Tifton 85 bermudagrass establishment using rhizomes. Crop Science, 55(3), 1338-1345. doi:10.2135/cropsci2014.09.0605


McMahaon, M. (2020). Plant science: Growth, development and utilization of cultivated plants (6th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of references with a summary or evaluation of each. The summary provides a brief overview of the content (e.g. what is the reference about?). An evaluation provides an assessment of the reference (e.g. is it credible? how does it compare to the other references?).

See Purdue University's Online Writing Lab for further description and samples of annotated bibliographies.

Citing an EDIS Publication

Recommended format using APA 7th edition for a UF/IFAS EDIS publication:

Author, Initials. (Year – use the latest revised date). Title (Publication number). University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS. Retrieved Month day, year, from[insert actual url]

Resources for Confirming Peer Review

There are a number of ways to confirm if an article is peer-reviewed or not.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Check that there are at least 2 weeks (usually several months) between the Received and Accepted date. This is usually found on the title page of the published article or near the Acknowledgements at the end of the article.
  • See if the journal is listed as Refereed in Ulrich's Global Serials Directory (
  • Read the publisher's editorial policies regarding peer review. These may be found in author guidelines for submission from the journal's home webpage. This is the most reliable way to confirm whether an article is peer-reviewed.


UF Honor Code

Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the university. Proper citation of your information sources is a critical part of adhering to the UF Honor Code.

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Be ethical. Give credit to your sources.

Plagiarism can have serious repercussions.

26 Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism, by M. Roig

Responsible Conduct of Research LibGuide

Test yourself: Gaming Against Plagiarism

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