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CHEM 3123 Organic Chemistry (BA): Citing Your Sources

Web Resources for the ACS Style Guide

ACS Citation Quick Guide

Here is a two-page documents that walks you through some of the basic sources and how to cite them using ACS's style guide (these examples include the page numbers within the ACS Style Guide as a reference).

A Note About Plagiarism

When using the work of other people, always remember to

  • Give credit if you use their words (quotation).
  • Give credit if you use their sentiments or ideas (paraphrasing/summarizing).
  • Give credit if you use their methods, techniques, or conclusions (replication/modification of prior work).

Avoid accidental plagiarism through proper citation methods.

Check out these useful sites for additional information:

Additional Citation Resources

In the links below you will find a variety of tutorials on citations as well as bibliographic management tools.  Note: neither RefWorks nor EndNote software is provided by NSU.

ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd ed.). (2006). Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society.

The library owns a couple of copies of the style guide (see below). There is one copy of the 2nd and one copy of the 3rd edition in the reference collection. (Ref. QD8.5 .A25 2006)

The rapid growth of electronic communication has dramatically changed the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publication world. This dynamic mode of dissemination is enabling scientists, engineers, and medical practitioners all over the world to obtain and transmit information quickly and easily. An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound.

The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. An established resource for the chemistry community, The ACS Style Guide is not just a resource for ACS authors, but is referenced by other publishers, even beyond chemistry, within their instructions to authors and is used as a resource in teaching students how to effectively communicate scientific information.

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