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Chem 105a/107a: General Chemistry: Article Citations

Elements of a Citation

*If there is an issue number, it is usually found after the volume number, but before the page number(s).

The sample above is only an example. The formatting may or may not be 100 percent accurate for the citation style you are using. Please refer the applicable style guide.

ACS Citation Style

Online access to the ACS Style Guide is available via the ACS website.  Chapter 14 contains the rules for how to cite references in text and create a bibliography.  Some examples are provided below.


The minimum required information for a book is author or editor, book title, publisher, city of publication, and year of publication. Omit words like “Company,” “Inc.,” “Publisher,” and “Press” in publishers’ names.  Some ACS publications include the chapter title in book references, while others do not. Check with the publication itself. Using the word “In” signifies the primary author(s) wrote only part of the book, not the entire book.

Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice; Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1998.

Asmus, K. D. Recent Aspects of Thiyl and Perthiyl Free Radical Chemistry. In Active Oxygens, Lipid Peroxides, and Antioxidants; Yagi K., Ed.; Japan Scientific Societies: Tokyo; CRC: Boca Raton, FL, 1993; pp 57-67.


The minimum required information for a journal is author, abbreviated journal title, year, publication, volume number, and initial page of cited article, though complete pagination is possible.  Some ACS publications include the article title while others do not. In ACS journals, capitalization follows that of the original publication; in other publications, the main words are capitalized. Check with the publication itself.

Journal abbreviation and volume are italicized. Year of publication is bolded. Use CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) to find standard journal abbreviations.

Deno, N.; Richey, H.; Liu, J. S.; Lincoln, D. N.; Turner, J.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 196587, 4533-4538.

Mullin, R. Chem. Eng. News 200583(42), 7.

Full-Text Articles

Articles are only as good as your ability to find the full-text of an article. Without the full-text, you do not get the graphs, tables, references, and supplemental information. Usually the full-text article is not available in the database, but on a different website. USC Libraries has provided the “Find it @ USC” link to directly link to the full-text article, if available. Occasionally, USC Libraries does not have a subscription to the journal the article appears in. When clicking the “Find it @ USC” link, you will be told to request the article via interlibrary loan (ILL).