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Chemistry & Biochemistry: Writing & Citing

Research Process & Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a fundamental component of any research project. The document here is a guide on conducting a literature review, specifically for chemistry students, with a focus on utilizing the SciFinder database.

ACS Citation Style

There are many citation styles, but a frequently used one in chemistry is the American Chemical Society (ACS) citation style.  

When  using  ACS style you'll  need to find the journal abbreviation if you don't have it already.  The gold-standard to finding these is the Chemical Abstracts Services Source Index (CASSI).

Citation Management Software

Writing Help


It's important to cite your sources.  Using someone else's idea without giving them credit is considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty.  This can have serious consequences.

Fortunately, it's really easy to avoid.  Cite your sources. Cite all of them - not just textual, but any images, graphs, videos, audio recordings, or data you use.

One reason college students are taught this is because it's expected in the professional publishing world too. So, it's advisable to think critically and pay attention to citations when you are evaluating the research of others. 

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