Developed by the American Chemical Society, this style is often used for research papers and other works in chemistry and other disciplines.
It may seem like citing your sources is tedious, but it's important and there are many reasons to do it:
Each citation consists of two parts: the in-text citation, which provides brief identifying information within the text, and the reference list, a list of sources that provides full bibliographic information.
This online guide is based on the ACS Style Guide, 3rd Edition published in 2006.
The official guide from ACS contains the rules for formatting works according to ACS Style.
A print version of the 3rd edition of the ACS Style Guide is also available at both Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses. This version is now out of date and the online guide above should be considered the main authoritative version.
ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed.
Location (Find using the call number: QD 8.5 .A25 2006:
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Here are three different ways you can present information you have found in your research to consciously avoid plagiarizing.
1. Direct quote
When you use or copy the exact words or section of words from an author, you can surround that direct quote by quotation marks. Include the correct citation acknowledging the original author in your sentence.
Write a summary using your own words of the ideas or the text you want to use. Be original without using the words of the original work and be sure you cite that statement.
Paraphrasing is similar to a summary. It just means taking what you have read and rewriting it in your own words. You must cite that paraphrase.