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Zotero: Citation Management

Zotero is a research management software that helps organize downloaded articles, generate citations from PDFs, and format them properly in your manuscript. It is free (and easy!) to use, open source, and will help to simplify all the most tedious aspects of research and writing.

To get the most out of Zotero:

  1. Create an account at
  2. Download the desktop application and sync with your account.
  3. Install the Zotero browser connector.

ACS References & Bibliography

1. Article
Author  1 Last Name, Initials.; Author 2 Last Name, Initials.; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation YearVolume, Inclusive Pagination.

Example:  Caruso, R. A.; Susha, A.; Caruso, F. Multilayered Titania, Silica, and Laponite Nanoparticle Coatings on Polystyrene Colloidal Templates and Resulting Inorganic Hollow Spheres. Chem. Mater. 2001, 13, 400–409.


2. Book
Author 1 Last Name, Initials.; Author 2 Last Name, Initials.; etc. Chapter Title. Book Title, Edition Number; Series Information (if any); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Volume Number, Pagination. 

Example:  Lopez-Bonilla, J.L.; Abdullin, M.I.; Zaikov, G.E. Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biochemical Sciences, 1; Apple Academic Press, Toronto, Warrentown, NJ, 2016; pp 32-50.

3. Article from an Online Database
Author  1 Last Name, Initials.; Author 2 Last Name, Initials.; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation[Online] YearVolume, Article Number or other identifying information. Database Provider. URL of top page (accessed Month Day, Year).

ExampleHallet, V. Scanning the Globe for Organic Chemistry. U.S. News and World Report [Online], April 19, 2004, p 59. Business Source Premier. http://www.epnet. com/academic/bussourceprem.asp (accessed April 24, 2005).

4. Thesis
Author Last Name, Initials. Title of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.

Example:  Chandrakanth, J. S. Effects of Ozone on the Colloidal Stability of Particles Coated with Natural Organic Matter. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1994.


Source:  The ACS style guide, 3rd ed.


ACS citation style

The University of Dayton Chemisty program generally uses the ACS format as the standard citation style used for research papers. These links and books provide great guidance in following the rules of this style!

Other info for Citations

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