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Chemistry 308: Chemical Thermodynamics

Citing Sources in Chemical Literature

Most Chemisty Journals in the United States use the American Chemical Society formats laid out in the ACS Style Guide. 

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information - Coghill, Anne M.; Garson, Lorrin R. Eds.

Call Number: QD8.5.A25 2006: Reference Collection, Williston Library Reading Room

3rd ed.; ACS: Washington, 2006


Excerpt from The ACS Style Guide
This chapter is a general guide to writing a scientific paper using the American Chemical Society formats. For ACS journals and special publications, read the Guide, Notes, Notice, or Instructions for Authors that appear in each publication's first issue of the year and on the World Wide Web at

CSE Style

Though scientific publications document sources in similar ways, the details of presenting source information vary from journal to journal. Most biologists, zoologists, earth scientists, geneticists, and other scientists use one of three systems of documentation specified in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.

In the Library Catalog: Scientific Style and Format

To learn more about this style, visit Diana Hacker's online guide.



CSE Style for a print book:

After the author(s) and title, give the place of publication, the name of the publisher, and the date of publication:

Melchias G. Biodiversity and conservation. Enfield (NH): Science; 2001.



CSE Style for an online article from a database:

Begin with the name of the author and the title of the article. Include the name of the journal, followed by the word “Internet” in brackets. Give the date of publication or the copyright date. Include in brackets the date the article was updated or modified, if any, and the date you accessed it, followed by a semicolon. Then provide the volume, issue, and page numbers. If the article is unpaginated, include in brackets the number or an estimated number of pages, screens, paragraphs, lines, or bytes. Write “Available from:” and the URL.

Isaacs FJ, Blake WJ, Collins JJ. Signal processing in single cells. Science [Internet]. 2005 Mar 25 [cited 2009 Jun 17];307(5717): 1886-1888. Available from:


Writing Manuals

Guides for Better Science Research and Writing Indiana University Chemistry Library

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant Chuck Guilford, associate professor of English at Boise State University"an interactive, menu-driven, online writer's guide and handbook"

Hypertext Writer's Guide University of Victoria"an introduction to the process of writing and to the study of literature"

Writer's Handbook The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

Guide to Grammar and Style By Jack Lynch"grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage"

501 Grammar And Writing Questions New York : LearningExpress, 1999. netLibrary edition. MHC Campus only

The Text Doctor Provides links to writing-related reference sources eg. Dictionaries, Grammars, Quotations.

Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form