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Chemistry: Citing Your Sources

A guide to online and print resources in chemistry.

What are citation managers?

Citation managers are great tools for organizing your references and producing beautifully formatted bibliographies.

Follow these links to learn more and get the software:

EndNote  

RefWorks  

Mendeley

Zotero

The university and university libraries make these products available at no cost to current NU faculty, staff, and students.

Citing Your Sources

ACS Style Guide--

      available online  

For help with your reference list, see chapter 14, "References," in Part Two, Style Guidelines

See more information on Citing/Bibliographies

NOTE: You can set Endnote or RefWorks to ACS citation style.  

In Endnote, go to EDIT > Output Style > Open Style Manager.  Find ACS on the drop-down list of styles and check the box to make it one of your "favorites" (preferred citation style).  

In Refworks, look under Bibliography on the menu bar and go to Output Style Manager to select your citation style.

Citation management workshops

View recordings here of the spring and fall workshops--Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, BibTEX and Introduction to Citation Management. See how citation management software can help your create your bibliography and keep track of your references in this 60 second video.

NEW: We have tutorials available that show shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

Journal Citation Reports

The established source for locating information on journal rankings and impact factors is Journal Citation Reportsaccessible through ISI Web of Science.

Journal Citation Reports® is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

Using JCR Wisely

You should not depend solely on citation data in your journal evaluations. Citation data are not meant to replace informed peer review. Careful attention should be paid to the many conditions that can influence citation rates such as language, journal history and format, publication schedule, and subject specialty.

The number of articles given for journals listed in JCR include primarily original research and review articles. Editorials, letters, news items, and meeting abstracts are usually not included in article counts because they are not generally cited. Journals published in non-English languages or using non-Roman alphabets may be less accessible to researchers worldwide, which can influence their citation patterns. This should be taken into account in any comparative journal citation analysis.