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The ACS Style Guide by
Publication Date: 2006-07-20
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Check with your instructor to determine if they have a preferred citation style.
A typical ACS journal citation follows the following basic style:
Fendler, J. H.; Hinze, W. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1981, 103, 5439-5447.
- The authors are listed last name, first initial(s).
- The journal is italicized and listed in abbreviated form (more about that below).
- The year is listed in bold font.
- The journal volume is listed in italicized font.
- The starting and ending pages are listed separated by a hyphen.
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When you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source, either with a parenthetical citation, footnote, or endnote. Not to do so is considered plagiarism. Anything you write or create that uses or refers to the ideas of another person must be cited properly, this includes:
- direct quotations
- paraphrasing of passages
- indebtedness to another person for an idea
- use of another student's work
- use of your own previous work
You do not need to cite common knowledge. For example, you do not need to cite the fact that Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States, but you would need to cite your source for the number of slaves he inherited from his father.
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