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CH 398: Research Proposals for Undergraduate Research

A guide to help you find and cite the research you need for your proposal.

Citation Resources for ACS

What to Cite and Why

Did you read the research of others when you prepared to write your paper? When you are informed by other researchers (which can include yourself!), you must cite the original authors of that work for two main reasons:
  1. To lead the readers of your work to the original source.
  2. To show your readers that you have an understanding of the current research of the topic.

In the text and in the list of references, remember to cite:

  • Direct quotations, with author name and page numbers
  • Paraphrasing, with name numbers or the range
  • When your thinking was informed by the work of others, if not cited directly

You do not need to cite:

  • Facts
  • Common knowledge

ACS Example

Journal article:
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. 2019, 141 (7), 2742−2753. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08648

-- if from a database, add at the end directly following the DOI: (accessed [year-month-day] from [database]).

Note:

  • List authors by last name, first initial, separated by semi-colon.
  • Title Case
  • Abbreviated journal name
  • DOI

Example taken from: ACS Style Quick Guide - The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication (ACS Publications)

 
Make Your Own:
  • Title: Honey as a Source of Dietary Antioxidants: Structures, Bioavailability and Evidence of Protective Effects Against Human Chronic Diseases
  • Author(s): Josè M. Alvarez-Suarez, Francesca Giampieri, Maurizio Battino
  • Journal Name: Current Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 20, Issue 5, 2013
  • Pages: 621 - 638
  • DOI: 10.2174/092986713804999358

Create the citation:

Alvarez-Suarez, J. M.; Giampieri, F.; Battino, M. Honey as a Source of Dietary Antioxidants: Structures, Bioavailability and Evidence of Protective Effects Against Human Chronic Diseases. Curr. Med. Chem. 2013, 20 (5), 621 - 638. DOI: 10.2174/092986713804999358


ACS Style Resources

Find the right journal abbreviation: