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Citation Guide: How to cite BOOKS, eBOOKS, CHAPTERS

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

How to cite BOOKS

ACS Book Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced

  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

  • List authors by their last name, then a comma, then their first initial(s), e.g. Skinner, A.

  • Provide all the information you can find on a given item. Omit any pieces of a citation that do not apply to a particular item: for instance, the ACS Style Guide recommends providing series information and volume numbers, but don't worry about providing these for books that are not in a series or not multivolume works.

Author 1; Author 2; etc. Title of Book, Edition Number; Series Information (if applicable); Publisher, Year. 

Examples:

Chang, R. General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts, 12th ed.; McGraw-Hill, 2016.

Le Couteur, P.; Burreson, J. Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History; Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2003.

Frankel, F. Picturing Science and Engineering; MIT Press, 2018.

How to cite EBOOKS

ACS eBook Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced

  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

  • List authors by their last name, then a comma, then their first initial(s), e.g. Skinner, A.

  • Provide all the information you can find on a given item. Omit any pieces of a citation that do not apply to a particular item: for instance, the ACS Style Guide recommends providing series information and volume numbers, but don't worry about providing these for books that are not in a series or not multivolume works.

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Book Title, edition information; Series Information (if applicable); Publisher, Year. DOI or URL

Examples:

Lo, K. K. Luminescent and Photoactive Transition Metal Complexes as Biomolecular Probes and Cellular Reagents; Springer, 2015. https://librarysearch.williams.edu/permalink/f/s1eqoc/01WIL_ALMA51121331050002786

Hammond, C. The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction, 4th ed.; International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography, Vol. 21; Oxford University Press, 2015. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738671.001.0001

How to cite Chapter in BOOKS/EBOOKS

 ACS Chapter in Book/Ebook Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced

  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

  • List authors by their last name, then a comma, then their first initial(s), e.g. Skinner, A.

  • Provide all the information you can find on a given item. Omit any pieces of a citation that do not apply to a particular item: for instance, the ACS Style Guide recommends providing series information and volume numbers, but don't worry about providing these for books that are not in a series or not multivolume works.

Author 1; Author 2; etc. Title of Chapter. In Title of Book, Edition Number; Series Information, Volume Number; Publisher, Year; pp Pages Used.

Author 1; Author 2; etc. Title of Chapter. In Title of Book, Edition Number; Series Information, Volume Number; Publisher, Year; pp Pages Used. DOI or URL

Examples:

Gbalint-Kurti, G. G. Wavepacket Theory of Photodissociation and Reactive Scattering. In Advances in Chemical Physics, Vol. 128; Rice, S. A., Ed.; Wiley, 2004; pp 257.

Hammond, C. Crystal Symmetry. In The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction, 4th ed.; International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography, Vol. 21; Oxford University Press, 2015; pp 99−134. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738671.003.0004

How to cite EDITED BOOKS

 ACS Chapter in Book/Ebook Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced

  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

  • List editors by their last name, then a comma, then their first initial(s), e.g. Skinner, A.

  • Provide all the information you can find on a given item. Omit any pieces of a citation that do not apply to a particular item: for instance, the ACS Style Guide recommends providing series information and volume numbers, but don't worry about providing these for books that are not in a series or not multivolume works.

Book Title, Edition Number; Editor 1, Editor 2, etc., Eds.; Series Information (if any); Publisher, Year.

Book Title, Edition Number; Editor 1, Editor 2, etc., Eds.; Series Information (if any); Publisher, Year. DOI or URL

Examples:

Mom the Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors Who Are Mothers, 2nd ed.; Woznack, K., Charlebois, A., Cole, R. S., Marzabadi, C. H., Webster, G., Eds.; Springer, 2018.

Mom the Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors Who Are Mothers, 2nd ed.; Woznack, K., Charlebois, A., Cole, R. S., Marzabadi, C. H., Webster, G., Eds.; Springer, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78972-9