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CHEM 6C: General Chemistry III (Brydges, Spring 2022): ACS Citation Examples

Resources for Chem 6C (Brydges) - Spring 2022


Journal articles, books and book chapters, and patents are easier to cite than other sources.

Citing websites, databases, streaming and social media, government materials, newspapers and magazines from aggregator databases, conference proceedings and presentations, technical reports, updating reference works, and books/chapters in a multi-volume series or set can be more complicated. For many of these sources, there is no single right way to cite them. Do your best to cite so that 1) it's clear what is being cited and 2) someone else can find it. If you cannot find an example to copy exactly, you can often modify an existing format to fit your citation.

  • What kind of source is it? 
  • Are you citing the entire source or a part of it?
  • Can you find authors and/or editors, either individual names or a larger organization?

How to Write A Citation

Here are some example citations; yours may vary slightly depending on what information you have for your reference. Please consult the ACS Style Guide on how to cite other types of sources like books in series or "early view" journal articles that don't yet have volume/page information. If you don't see anything in the guide that marches your resource exactly, you can usually adapt one or more of the existing examples (print newspaper + basic style for online resources to cite an online newspaper article). 

Journal article, article title included
 (1) Quinn, P.K.; Collins, D.B.; Grassian, V.H.; Prather, K.A.; Bates, T.S. Chemistry and Related Properties of Freshly Emitted Sea Spray Aerosol. Chem. Rev. 2015, 115, 4383–4399. DOI: 10.1021/cr500713g
Journal article, article title not included
 (1) Daniel, K.B.; Callmann, C.E.; Gianneschi, N.C.; Cohen, S.M. Chem. Comm. 2016, 52, 2126-2128. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09164K
Newspaper/magazine article, online (C&EN is cited differently)
 (1) Fikes, B.J. Computing Transforms Chemistry, Biotech. The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 19, 2016. (accessed May 1, 2016).

 (2) Bomgardner, M.M. Making Better Contact Lenses. Chem. Eng. News 2017, 95 (13), 29-33. (accessed June 8, 2017).
Book, no editor
 (1) Sailor, M.J. Porous Silicon in Practice: Preparation, Characterization and Applications. Wiley VCH: Weinheim, Germany, 2012; pp 189-227. 
Book, edited
 (1) Wang, Y.; McCammon, J.A. Lipid Bilayers: Structure, Dynamics, and Interactions with Antimicrobial Peptides. In Molecular Modeling at the Atomic Scale: Methods and Applications in Quantitative Biology; Zhou, R. Eds.; CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 2015, pp 191-214. 
Newspaper/magazine article from a full text database like Academic Search Complete 
 (1) Talbot, D.; Desalination out of Desperation. MIT Technology Review [Online], Jan-Feb 2015, pp 44-48. Academic Search Complete. (accessed May 1, 2016). 
Online book, no editor, from a 3rd party aggregator like Ebrary
 (1) Hill, R.H. Jr., Finster, D.C.; Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students; Wiley: Hoboken, N.J., 2010; Chapter 5, pp 1-133. (accessed May 24, 2019). 
Online book, edited
 (1) Leigh, B.S., Schlamadinger, D.E., Kim, J.E.; Talbot, D.; Structures and Dynamics of Proteins Probed by UV Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. In Biophysical Methods for Biotherapeutics: Discovery and Development Applications; Das, T.K. Ed.; John Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2014; pp 243-268. (accessed May 1, 2016).  
Online encyclopedia entry, with its own posting date and a DOI for the URL
 (1) Valkó, P.; Hydraulic Fracturing. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology [Online]; Wiley & Sons, Posted April 29, 2014. (accessed May 1, 2016). 
 (1) U.S. Food & Drug Information. Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (Or Is It Soap?) (accessed May 24, 2019).