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 CHEMISTRY: Citation Basics

What citation style should I use?

Use the style recommended by your professor or choose one of the major styles below based on the discipline for your paper:

Citation Style MLA Chicago APA
Manual MLA Handbook 8th ed thumbnail Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. thumbnail APA 7th Edition
Discipline Used in literature, arts, and the humanities

Notes & Bibliography system used in history, arts, and humanities

Used in psychology, social sciences, and STEM courses.

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ACS Style Guide

Chemistry has its own style for citing sources, labeling figures, formatting papers, etc.  Their style guide is online!  Check it out for some really helpful information.

Journal Abbreviations!?!?

Chemists love to make their references as short as possible!  They also love abbreviations.  This can make things a little tricky when you are creating your reference section, or trying to interpret someone else's.  Here are some tools you can use to figure out those abbreviations.