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Citation Guide

This guide provides a few examples of how to cite various sources in different citation styles. An explanation of citations is included on the first tab.

Article & Web Sources in Reference List, ACS Style

ARTICLES, ACS

Placeholder example for articles from an online database (most common)

Last name 1, Initials; Last name 2, Initials; Last name 3, Initials. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation[Online] Year, Volume, Article Number or other identifying information. Database Provider. URL of top page (accessed Month Day, Year).

*Abbreviated Journal titles are found in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index linked on the right and below.

*Year is supposed to be bolded.

*Note inclusion of [Online] identifier, url, and date of access.

*Title of Article is not italicized or put in quotes; Journal Title is Italicized.

Article from online database

Warren, P. H.; Weatherby, A. J. Energy input and species diversity patterns in microcosms. Oikos[Online] 2006, 113, 2, 314-324. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=20870905&site=ehost-live (accessed October 19, 2011).

*Abbreviated Journal titles are found in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index linked on the right and below.

*In this case, the abbreviation is the same as the title.

*Note [Online], bolded year, url, and date of access.

Placeholder example for articles in print (less common)

There are two ways to cite a print journal article. Choose one and use it consistently throughout your list of sources.

Option1:

Last name 1, Initials; Last name 2, Initials; Last name 3, Initials. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume, Pages.

Option 2:

Last name 1, Initials; Last name 2, Initials; Last name 3, Initials. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume, Pages.

 

Article in Print

Option 1:

Klingler, J. Influence of Pretreatment on Sodium Powder. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 2755-2768.

Option 2:

Klingler, J. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 2755-2768.

Placeholder Example for Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Last name 1, Initials; Last name 2, Initials; Last name 3, Initials. Title of Article. Title of Periodical, Complete Date, p Pages.

*Note the inclusion of the letter p before the page number.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Squires, S. Falling Short on Nutrients. The Washington Post, Oct 4, 2005, p H1.

Placeholder Example for Websites

Author (if any). Title of Site. URL (accessed Month Day, Year), other identifying information (if any).

*This example can be applied to general websites.

*Use the website’s given title, and add the words “Home Page” for clarification when needed. *Additional information may be needed for complex websites, or a larger organizational websites.

Last name 1, Initials; Last name 2, Initials; Last name 3, Initials. Title of Document, Year. Title of Site. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).

*This example can be applied to institutional websites.

Website Example

Barthelmy, D. Quartz Mineral data. http://webmineral.com/ (accessed Oct 13, 2011).

*General website.

Dinaro, J. L.; Howard, J. B.; Green W. H.; Tester, J. W.; Bozzelli, J. W. Analysis of an Elementary Reaction Mechanism for Benzene Oxidation in Supercritical Water, 2000. MIT Combustion Research. http://web.mit.edu/anish/www/MITcomb.html (accessed Oct 13, 2011).

*Institutional website.