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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.

Article from an Online Journal

Basic Format

Author 1; Author 2; etc. Title of Article. Abbreviation of Journal Title. [Online] Year, Volume Number, Article Number. URL (Accessed date Month Day, Year).


Martin, J.W.; Lowe, H. N. Online Journal Usage by Chemists. J. Theor. Chem. [Online] 2005, 12, Article Archive. (accessed Oct 23, 2004).

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American Chemical Society Style Guide

QD 8.5 .A25 2006