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CHEM 5560: Inorganic Chemistry: ACS Citation Style

This guide directs you to library resources to use while researching and writing your term paper in CHEM 5560.

Author-Date and Numeric Superscript Citation Systems

When you write a paper, citation styles require you to cite your sources both in the body of the paper (abbreviated citations) and at the end in a reference list (full citations). The ACS citation style has 3 citation systems. You can choose from 2 of these for your assignment - the author-date or numeric superscript systems.

Author-date in-text example: The primary structure of this enzyme has also been determined (Finnegan et al., 2004).
Author-date reference list: Citations are in alphabetical order by the first author's last name.

Numeric superscript in-text example: Oscillation in the reaction of benzaldehyde with oxygen was reported previously.3 (pretend the number is smaller and higher)
Numeric superscript reference list: In numerical order according to superscripts in text.

I highly recommend using the author-date system if you are going to do your citations manually. If you use numeric superscript, any time you change the order of the in-text citations, you'll have to reorder the reference list, which is a drag. With a reference manager, you can do either system because both are available in the citation style choices. 

ACS Style Guides

The UNT Libraries provide print and online style guides to assist you in correctly formatting papers and citing references. The links below take you to guides for the ACS citation style.

Instead of doing the in-text and reference list citations manually, you can choose to use a reference manager. Please see the boxes below for how to use RefWorks, which is provided free of charge through the UNT Libraries.

What Is RefWorks?

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based research manager that allows you to create your own personal database of citations and documents for both academic and personal use. With RefWorks you can:

  • Easily export references from electronic databases, the UNT library catalog, text files, websites and more into your account
  • Quickly create reference lists for papers and projects in the citation style of your choice
  • Store, read and annotate files.

Watch the video, Create Your RefWorks Account, or see the Introduction to RefWorks handout below to get started with your account. To learn about the basic and advanced functions, view the RefWorks video tutorials on this guide.

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