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Biology - Library Resources and NCBI Databases: Citation

Why do we cite?

Scholarship is a conversation. When you cite, you are referring to another's work and giving them proper credit. You are giving your readers the opportunity to delve deeper into the topic by providing your references. You are also showing that you are building on scientific research from the past and how your ideas fit into the future!

Making links work from off campus: UI Libraries’ proxy server address

To make sure University of Iowa users can access the article away from campus, copy our proxy server address ( into the URL so that the whole thing looks like  This will trigger the website to ask for HawkIDs and passwords to allow access to protected content.

Reference Managers

Proxy Link Generator

1. Copy and paste your source URL here:

2. Click this:

3. Copy and use the resulting link:

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