Citation Guide

Basic Overview of ACS (American Chemical Society) Style

Every time you quote or paraphrase someone else’s work, you must tell us

  • who wrote the work
  • what is it called
  • and where can we find a copy.

You give us this information in two places:

  1. In the paragraph where you are quoting or paraphrasing. You will put brief information about the work in parentheses or indicate the work using an italic or superscript number . Check out our guidelines and examples in the left-hand column.
  2. In the References page at the end of the paper. This is where you put all of the information we need to find a copy of the works you used in your paper. Check out our guidelines and examples in the left-hand column.

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