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ACS Citation Guide: Home

A citation guide for the American Chemical Society (ACS) style.

What is ACS?

ACS is the citation style of the American Chemical Society and is the standard citation style for chemistry. Rules in this guide refer to the 3rd edition of the ACS style guide, which is available in the HPU Libraries. Chapter 14 contains the rules for how to cite references in text and create a bibliography.  A short summary of those rules and some examples are provided below – note these only scratch the surface of the style rules.  Consult Chapter 14 for more detailed citation issues.

ACS Overview

This guide is designed to help you cite your sources using the American Chemical Society (ACS) style. The topics covered in this guide are:

1. Reference List - examples and explanations for citing sources in your reference list

2. In-text Citations - how to cite your references in the text of your paper

3. Formatting Your Paper - how to set up your paper including the margins, font, and your References list

4. Avoiding Plagiarism - information on HPU's academic honesty policy

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Content in this guide is based on the ACS Style Guide from the Chemistry Library at the University of Wisconsin.