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CHEM 481-482: Literature & Seminar

How do I cite and why do I need to?

A citation...

  • describes a book, journal article, website, or other item;
  • gives credit to the originator of an idea, thus preventing plagiarism;
  • enables the reader to retrieve the item you refer to, and
  • includes the author, title, source (publisher and place of publication or URL), and date.

Failing to cite a source correctly is plagiarism. Plagiarism is an academic offense and could get you in serious trouble! But don't panic: as long as you follow the citation guidelines, you will be fine. And remember: when in doubt, cite. It is always better to include a citation that you don't need than to forget a citation that you do need.

Check out our Citing Sources Guide if you need more help!

ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication

The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication provides students, researchers, educators, and librarians with the instruction and advice they need to master the art of scholarly communication. The new Guide covers all instructions from previous editions of The ACS Style Guide - completely updated and modernized - as well as a wealth of brand new chapters covering everything from preprints, Open Access, machine-readable data, and much more.

ACS Citation Style Quick Guide

Citation Styles

Citation Tools

Citation tools can-

  • Store and organize your sources
  • Save and share articles found and your notes with collaborators
  • Build citations to use in your final bibliography