Why should you cite your sources?
Be as specific as you can: cite specific pages if possible; cite a particular chapter instead of the whole book, especially if chapters are written by different authors, etc.
There are thousands of different styles available for you to cite your sources. So while you can choose practically any style that is appropriate, it is important to stick to that one style and remain consistent. If your instructor or TA indicates a particular style, be sure to use that>
LSC-Kingwood Library has developed MLA and APA Citation guides and sample papers with help for using MS Word. Purdue University's Online Writing Center (OWL) has excellent citation and writing guides. Use the links below to download one of our style guides or link to Purdue OWL's resources.
On the next tab find sample citations and instructions for using the American Chemical Society's citation style.
General structure for citing books and articles:
Book with Author(s):
Author, A. A; Author, B. B; Author, C. C. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation (italics) [Online if online] Year (boldface), Volume (italics), Pagination.
Deno, N. C.; Richey, H. G.; Liu, J. S.; Lincoln, D. N.; Turner, J. O. Carbonium Ions. XIX. The Intense Conjugation in Cyclopropyl Carbonium Ions. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 1965, 87, 4533-4538.