CHEM 23201  
  Decision Tree: ACS formatting of citation

 

The goal of writing a citation in a bibliography is to provide enough information to uniquely describe the item so that someone else from some other location can find it.

Assumptions:

This decision tree assumes that you

1. are looking at something you want to cite;

2. can distinguish between an author and an editor or a book that is part of a series and one that is not part of a series;

3. are not citing government documents or presentations or computer software.

Directions: Start by reading the first question.  Answer it with either a yes or no.  Then follow the directions.Eventually you will be directed to a page with the style you need to use and examples with notes.

General questions:

1. Does the item to be cited provide the name of an author or authors?

            Yes?  Go to question 11.

            No?  Go to question 2.