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Citation Styles Playbook

The purpose of this playbook is to help you cite the sources used in your academic research.


ACS Citation Style for Miscellaneous Sources:
Web sites

Author, A. A. (if any). Title of Site. URL (accessed date), other identifying information. (No need to include URL of subscription sites).

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs) Database (U.S. National Version). l (accessed July 2001).

The Combined Chemical Dictionary database, Web version 2004 (1); CRC Press: Boca Raton: FL (accessed July 16, 2004).

Government Publications

Author, A. A.; Author, B. B.; etc. Chapter Title. Document Title; Government Publication Number; Publishing Agency: Place of Publication, Year; Pagination.

Gebhardt, S. E.; Thomas, R. G. Nutritive Value of Foods; Home and Garden Bulletin No. 72; U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2002.

Technical Reports & Bulletins

Author, A. A.; Author, B. B.; etc. Title of Report or Bulletin; Technical Report or Bulletin Number; Publisher: Place of Publication. Date; Pagination.

Tschantz, B. A.; Moran, B. M. Modeling of the Hydrologic Transport of Mercury in the Upper East Fork Poplar Creek (UEFPC) Watershed; Technical Report for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems: Bethesda, MD, September 2004.


Patent Owner 1; Patent Owner 2; etc. Title of Patent. Patent Number. Date.

Sheem, S. K. Low-Cost Fiber Optic Pressure Sensor. U.S. Patent 6,738,537, May 18, 2004.

Personal Communications

Author, A. Affiliation, City, State. Phrase describing the material, Year.

Henscher, L. X. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Personal communication, 2001.


Title; Publisher: Place of Publication, Date; Data Entry Number, Figure Title or other identifying information.

The Sadtler Standard Spectra: 300 MHz Proton NMR Standards; Bio-Rad, Sadlter Div.: Philadelphia, PA, 1994; no. 7640 (1-Chloropentane).