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Chemistry & Biochemistry

The basic tools you will need to research topics in chemistry and biochemistry, along with resources to help you write effectively within the discipline.

Why Cite?

The American Chemical Society's Guide to Scholarly Communication lists four reasons for citing sources in a research paper:

  1. It is ethically unacceptable in scientific publications to deliberately reuse the ideas of others without giving credit.
  2. Citing enables readers to identify and locate the previous work.
  3. A scholarly communicator ensures that a fact or idea is correct by citing the original source.
  4. Citing safety information may protect the health of other researchers.

ACS Style

Use the link below to access the Guide to Scholarly Communication on or off campus.

  • If you are looking for a specific citation format, start with the ACS Style Quick Guide (Part 4.3.3).
  • Reference Formatting & Examples by Source Types (Part 4.3.5) includes detailed guidance and examples for common and uncommon source types.
  • Deriving a Citation for a New Content Type (Part 4.3.6) provides help with formatting a citation for an emerging source type.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, consult with librarians, professors, or the Writing Center.

Basic reference list format for a journal article:

Caruso, R. A.; Susha, A.; Caruso, F. Multilayered Titania, Silica, and Laponite Nanoparticle Coatings on Polystyrene Colloidal
     Templates and Resulting Inorganic Hollow Spheres. Chem. Mater. 2001, 13, 400–409.

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