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Chemistry: a guide to library resources: ACS Citation

ACS Style Guide

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The ACS Style Guide is available electronically.

Some key chapters to help you with your papers or lab reports are listed below:

Chapter 2: Scientific Papers 

Chapter 4: Writing Style and Word Usage

Chapter 14: References

Chemistry Writing Guide

A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry can help you compose papers and lab reports within the discipline of chemistry.  You can also find grammar tips and information on creating a laboratory notebook.

Plagiarism Resources

Locating Citation Information

The following tutorials will help you locate citation information in order to create a References List. While clicking through the tutorials, please write down the bits of information for each of the types of resources in order to construct the citation. Please note that not every article, book, and website will have all of the information in the exact same place, however, this is a good start to help you find citation elements.

Constructing a Citation

Now that you have the different elements of a citation written down, try to create citations for each of the different kinds of materials. Here is the format:



Author, A.; Author, B.; Author, C. Title of Article. Journal Title Abbreviation. Year, Volume Number, Start Page-End Page.

Note: You can find the journal title abbreviations by clicking on the link in the box in the upper left.


Now you try! Click the button to the right to check your answer. 



Author, A., & Author, B. Publisher of Webpage. Title of document. http://Web address (accessed <date>).

Now you try! Click the button to the right to check your answer. 




Author, A.; Author, B. Title of Work; Publisher: Location, Year.

Now you try! Click the button to the right to check your answer. 


 Not the style you are looking for?     APA Guide   |   MLA Guide   |  Chicago Guide  |    CSE Guide 

Want to learn about RefWorks Citation Software?  RefWorks Guide