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ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication

As of 2020, the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication is a digital-first publication containing a wealth of new chapters and resources to help you master the art of scholarly communication and make your research stand out. This publication includes the most updated version of the ACS Style Guide.

ACS Style

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has its own style guide. There are two copies of this style guide in the Angus L. Macdonald Library, one in the Reference Collection and another in the Main Collection, under the call number QD 8.5 A25. Chapter 14 which describes references and referencing is available online.

You can also use RefWorks to create a bibliography in ACS format. Contact the Chemistry Liaison Librarian, Carolyn DeLorey, for assistance in using RefWorks.

There is an excellent quick guide for the ACS style at Williams College Library

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RefWorks is an online application that lets you organize citations for the articles and books you consult, read and cite as part of your research.

Many of StFX's Electronic Resources allow you to export complete citations (including abstracts and links to the articles) into your RefWorks account.

You can use RefWorks' Write-N-Cite tool to easily format your in-text citations and reference lists in practically any style imaginable.

> For more tips for using RefWorks, visit our RefWorks Subject Guide.

Abbreviations for Chemistry Journals

Abbreviations for 1,500 key scientific journals are found on this page. Use these abbreviations for reference lists.