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Chemistry: Referencing & Writing

Options for Managing References


Managing Your References Library Guide.  Information about bibliographic software systems such as EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

Further options for managing references

Tips on choosing and using citation styles (also called referencing styles) plus using systems such as EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

Student Learning Development

For students at all levels. Student Learning Development provides guides and workshops to help polish writing and study skills, improve time management, prepare for exams, and be confident in oral presentations.

Avoiding Plagiarism

The University of Otago takes plagiarism seriously.  These resources will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Citation Styles


The ACS Style Guide provides guidelines for presenting chemical information in print, such as units of measure, names and numbers of chemical compounds, and lists of references to publications.
There are 3 ACS style conventions for citing references within a paper, so ask your lecturer or supervisor which one to use: author-date, italic numbers in parentheses, or superscript numbers. 
ACS Style Quick Guide - is a handy online guide to referencing. It details how to reference journal articles, books, websites, data sets and more in the ACS style.
Find information on other Referencing styles.

Finding Journal Abbreviations or Full Names

Scientific Writing