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

Citing Sources

An important part of the research process is writing about your work. Consulting the work of others before you is inevitable and you acknowledge their work by providing proper annotation of the sources used. The following tutorials will help you to recognize when to cite sources and how to do so. 

Avoiding Plagiarism 

Organizing Your Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

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Citing Sources in Science Writing

This video from UBC Science Writing describes when to cite sources and offers tips on science writing. 

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.


This citation, below, is in ACS format. The journal shown in this example has a volume number but not an issue number. If there is an issue number, it is found after the volume number, but before the page number(s).

Evans, D. A.; Fitch, D. M.; Smith, T. E.; Cee, V. J. Application of Complex Aldol Reactions to the Total Synthesis of Phorboxazole B. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 10033-10046.

Note: Journal abbreviation and volume are italicized. However, issue number (if present) is not italicized. Year of publication is bolded. Use CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) to find standard journal abbreviations. Here is an example, below, of an article with an issue number. 

Berthod, A.; Ruiz-Angel, M. J.; Carda-Broch, S. Ionic Liquids in Separation Techniques. J. Chromatogr., 2008, 1184 (1-2), 6-18.