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Chemistry: Citations & Help

Citing Your Sources

The Chemistry Department prefers The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed., edited by Anne Coghill and Lorrin Garson (American Chemical Society, 2006, 2012) for citation formatting. You can find the print guide at the Research Help Desk on the main floor of the library (call number QD 8.5 .A25 2006), or click the ACS Style Guide cover or title above to access the online version.

Additionally, you may consult the ACS Style Quick Guide for easy reference to citation examples. You may also view Style Guide Chapter 14 Quick Reference or the ACS guidelines (PDF) for Preparing a Research Report to assist you.  

For more information about citation styles, see the library webpage on Citation Guides.

RefWorks & SciFinder Scholar

To get SFS citations into RefWorks:

  1. Export SciFinder Scholar references using the tagged format.  Save the export file to a place where you can find it again easily (ex: desktop).
  2. Then log into RefWorks and import the saved file (setting source data to CAS Scifinder and database to CAPlus).

Have questions? Librarians are here to help!

Research Help

Need assistance? Librarians are still here to help! Assistance is available via email during the summer. Please email questions to and a librarian will respond during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT.

Research Appointments

Individual research appointments with a librarians are available via Zoom. Scheduling requests can be submitted via online request form. Please schedule 48  hours in advance (not including weekends). Availability is between 9 am and 5 pm EDT.