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MICRO 440: Laboratory in Microbial Physiology, Diversity, and Genetics


This library guide is written for the purpose of assisting the students in Micro 440 with literature searches. There are suggestions and tips on not only how to find literature, but also important concepts in understanding literature, such as primary versus secondary sources of information. Perhaps of most importance in this library guide is a link to useful databases that will prove to be of great importance when seeking biological literature. As advanced undergraduate students, you should understand by now the importance of knowing how to find biological information. This is a skill which will be, for most of you, used for your entire professional life, and searching databases for information is not merely a student activity.

APA style citation for a journal article

Here I give how to write a basic citation for a journal article using the APA style.

Article Author(s) name(s). Year of publication. Title of the article. Title of the Journal. Volume (issue): page numbers. DOI:

Smith, J. (2015). Microbial diversity of bacteria associated with yellow rubber ducks from abandoned claw foot tubs. The journal of bad but creative experiments. 5(2): 7-15.


Donaldson, G.P., S.M. Lee, and S.K. Mazmanian. 2015. Gut biogeography of the bacterial microbiota. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 14(1).

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