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CHEM 295: Intro to Research Ind. Study

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Jodi Psoter
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ACS Citation Example

Diagram of a Journal Article Citation. The example citation here lists the following components, in the correct order for a citation: author, article title, journal title, date, volume, issue, and page numbers.

From:  UCLA Library

ACS Quick Style Guide

The ACS citation format is detailed in the open access section 4.3.3 of the ACS Quick Style Guide

This is part of The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications.  Please note that the entire guide requires a subscription which Duke does not have at this time.  

For additional information, see the ACS Style Guide examples from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What needs to be cited?

  • Quoted information
  • Paraphrased information
  • Results
  • Images
  • Materials & Methods
  • Anything that is not your original research or ideas

Read more about avoiding plagiarism and why citing your source matters.


Citation Management Tools

Citation tools allow you to save and organize your research. They also let you create formatted bibliographies in Word.

Endnote product logo

Downloadable as a standalone program from OIT, EndNote is a powerful citation tool for organizing your research and creating formatted citations. In addition to the standalone option, you can create an EndNote Web account.

This feature will look for and then download full-text pdfs of articles in your references. You will have to authenticate with your NetID so that EndNote knows which journals you have access to through Duke Libraries.

  1. Get to your preferences by going to Edit > Preferences
  2. Choose Find Full Text
  3. Make sure OpenURL is checked and enter “” into the OpenURL Path field
  4. Enter “” into the Authenticate URL
  5. Click OK

Zotero product logo

Downloadable as a standalone program or a Firefox extension, Zotero is designed to store content in any format, including PDFs, images, audio and video files, and snapshots of web pages. Zotero operates with thousands of sites, and automatically indexes your library for ease of access.

Mendeley product logo

Free PDF and reference manager. Read, annotate, organize, and collaborate on research projects with others using Mendeley.