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Chemistry Resources: Writing & Citing

A guide to SU Library chemistry resources.

ACS Style Guide

The ACS Style, from the American Chemical Society, is the most prevalent citation style for chemical publications. For journal articles (the most common format), citations should take this form:

Author, A. A; Author, B. B; Author, C. C. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation (italics) [Online if online] Year (boldface), Volume (italics), Pagination.

For example:

Borman, S. Protein Sequencing For The Masses. Chem. Eng. News [Online] 2004, 82, pp 22-23.

Slunt, K. M.; Giancarlo, L. C. Student-Centered Learning: A Comparison of Two Different Methods of Instruction. J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, pp 985-988.


Citation Management

Why use a citation tool?

  • Gather and store references while you research
  • Format citations and papers instantly for class assignments, theses, and journal manuscripts
  • Create a personal research library of references, images, and PDFs
  • Share with colleagues around the world
  • Keep students on track with research projects
  • Simplify citing to avoid plagiarism issues

Check out SU's Citing Sources page for a list of citation management tools and links to their getting started research guides.