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CHEMISTRY: How to Cite Your Sources

Why Cite?*

To Become a More Mature Thinker  |  To Recreate a Sense of Lively Debate  |  To Give Credit Where It's Due  |  To Lead Us to Further Research

When you cite a source, you show how your voice enters into an intellectual conversation and you demonstrate your link to the community within which you work. Working with sources can inspire your own ideas and enrich them, and your citation of these sources is the visible trace of that debt.

*An excerpt from the Yale College Writing Center's Using Sources

Book vs. Journal Article Citations

How can you tell the difference between citations of books, book chapters, and articles? Here are a few examples.

Article Citation

Mukharji, P. B. Parachemistries: Colonial Chemopolitics in a Zone of Contest. History of Science [Online] Dec 2016, pp 362-382. 10.1177/0073275316681803. ProQuest Research Library. https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.redlands.edu/ (accessed Jul 28, 2020).

Article citations will include two titles, sometimes the volume and issue number in which it was published, and sometimes the database in which it was accessed.

 

Book Chapter Citation

Hayashida, F. Crafting Beer Jars for the Inca on the North Coast of Peru. In Ceramics of the Indigenous Cultures of South America: Studies of Production and Exchange through Compositional Analysis; Glascock, M. D., Neff, H., Vaughn, K. J.; University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 2019; pp 51-54.

Book citations will include two titles, two sets of authors (if an edited collection), the publisher, and place of publication. The format of elements may vary according to the citation style (e.g., ACS, MLA, APA).

 

Book Citation

Schobert, H. H. Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels [Online]; Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, New York, 2013. https://redlands.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01UOR_INST/ai3dgh/alma991002343477703896 (accessed Jul 28, 2020).

Book citations will include a single title, the publisher, and place of publication. The format of elements may vary according to the citation style (e.g., ACS, MLA, APA).

Journal Title Abbreviations (CASSI)

Chemical Abstracts Society Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool

The CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool is an online resource intended to support researchers and librarians who need accurate bibliographic information. Use this free tool to quickly identify or confirm journal titles and abbreviations for publications indexed by CAS since 1907, including serial and non-serial scientific and technical publications.