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Chemistry 2281G Library Information Session

This course guide contains information about and links to resources relevant to the Chem 2281G (Inorganic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements) library instruction session.

ACS Citation Style

You should consult Coghill, A.M., Garson, L.R., Eds. The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information; 3rd ed.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2006. This style guide is on two-hour course reserve in Taylor Library. Ask for it at the Taylor Library Service Desk. The call number is: T11.A42 2006 . You can access Chapter 14 of The ACS Style Guide online.

When citing journals in ACS style, you must use the journal abbreviation. You can find these from CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index), the ACS Style Guide on reserve at Taylor, or the database of Journal Citation Reports.


Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Book Title, Edition Number; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Volume Number, Pagination.

Harding, C.; Janes, R.; Johnson, D. Elements of the P Block. Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, 2002.

e-journal article

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation [Online] Year, Volume, Inclusive pagination. URL (accessed Month, Day, Year).

Note: the article title is optional.

Rupar, P.; Staroverov, V.; Ragogna, P.; Baines, K. A Germanium-III Centred Dication. J. Am. Chem. Soc. [Online] , 2007, 129, 15138-15139. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja0775725 (accessed December 18, 2008).


Author (if any). Title of site. URL (accessed Month, Day, Year).

NIST Chemistry WebBook. http://webbook.nist.gov/ (accessed December 18, 2008)