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Citation Guides

American Chemical Society Style Guide

The ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed., is the standard citation style for chemistry.  Speak to your instructor on whether you are required to use the ACS Style Guide or if you are to use another style (APA, MLA, etc).

Scientific Writing Library Resources

Tips for Creating Posters

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography means that there is a short paragraph (about 150 words) providing information about each source after its entry in the bibliography. 

For each entry, provide a short paragraph that:

  1. evaluates the authority and expertise of the author
  2. the purpose of the author
  3. an explanation of the relevance and value of the source to your chosen topic

Ask your professor which citation style they prefer. 

Ask yourself:

  1. Do I need to change my keywords? Broaden or narrow the topic?
  2. What is this source’s main point, and how will it contribute to my argument?
  3. Is this source appropriate for my subject and for the assignment?
  4. How will the source contribute to my argument?
  5. Does the author answer his/her hypothesis in the article, or is a weakness or omission exposed?

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