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Citing Articles

Articles are found in journals, magazines, and newspapers. However, it can be confusing to find articles because journals and magazines are also called periodicals. During your studies you will accessing electronic and print articles. The most difficult task when citing articles is establishing what type and format you are using.

  • Do you have an online journal article?
  • Is it an article from a print journal?
  • Is your article from a magazine or newspaper?
  • Is it an article found in a database licensed by your library?

Journals are generally scholarly (often referred to as academic or peer-reviewed), and magazines are commonly more for general use.

Basic Guidelines

  • Author's last name comma first initial period space Title of article with no quotations period space abbreviation for journal title italicized (period only if journal title ends with abbreviation) space year bolded comma space volume number italicized comma space pages period.
  • The title of the article is desirable for locating the article but may be omitted by some journals.
  • If there are multiple authors the authors are separated by a semi-colon.


Jenkins, T.; Mott, L. Ion Exchange Resins Used in Nuclear Waste Disposal. Environ. Sci. Technol. 1999, 86, 122-134.

Journal abbreviations can be found in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI). One word journal names are not abbreviated.

In journals published by the American Chemical Society, capitalization of words in the article title follows that of the original publication. In other publications the main words are capitalized.

For journals in which each issue begins with page 1, include issue information (either the issue number or the date) in parenthesis following the volume number.

For online journals, the notation [Online], Online in brackets, follows the Journal Abbreviation

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American Chemical Society Style Guide

QD 8.5 .A25 2006