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CHM 241 - Organic Chemistry (Dr. Umesiri)

ACS Style Guide

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Examples of Commonly Cited Items:

For more examples and source types, please visit Section 4.3 of the ACS Style Guide.

Please scroll down to view examples of format styles and example citations.  

Citing Journal Articles

General Guidelines for Journal Articles

  • List authors' last names, followed by their initials. For multiple authors, place a semicolon between author names. 

  • Indent any lines beyond the first line of an entry. 

  • Use the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index to correctly abbreviate scientific journal titles.

  • Watch carefully where bold and italics are used in the examples below.


Electronic Journal Articles:

For online scholarly articles found electronically, use the following format:


Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation [Online] Year, Issue, Inclusive Pagination. Complete URL (accessed Date).


Foster, J. C.; Varlas, S.; Couturaud, B.; Coe, J.; O’Reilly, R. K. Getting into Shape: Reflections on a New Generation of Cylindrical Nanostructures’ Self-Assembly Using Polymer Building Block. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141 (7), 2742−2753. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08648



For articles found through an electronic database, include the database name in the citation. Replace the article's URL with that of the database.


Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation [Online], Date, Inclusive Pagination. Database Name. Complete URL of database (accessed Date).


Lanzotti A.; Grasso M.; Staiano G.; Martorelli M. The Impact of Process Parameters on Mechanical Properties of Parts Fabricated in PLA with an Open-source 3-D Printer. Rapid Prototyp. J. 201521 (5), 604−617. DOI: 10.1108/RPJ-09-2014-0135 (accessed 2019)

Citation Management

Citation Manager

Consider using a citation manager to hep you keep track of articles and books you find during your research.  Citation managers let you 

  • collect articles from databases with just 1 click
  • tag and annotate your articles
  • easily create citations and a bibliography in Microsoft Word/Google Docs
  • share articles with others

Buswell offers full support and guidance for Zotero.  Visit the Reference Manager Guide to get started.   



Zotero Highlights

Zotero How to Guides and Videos

To install Zotero you will install Zotero Standalone and a browser connector (Chrome, Firefox).  Zotero does not work with Internet Explorer and there are current issues with Safari 13 (the new release).

Each Zotero account comes with 300 megabytes of file storage for storing citation information, PDFs, notes, etc.  If necessary, you can purchase additional storage from Zotero.