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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2019 (21:160:350): Reading, Writing, & Citing Tips

This guide was specifically created for Dr. Jenny Lockard's class - Spring 2019

Reserves Handout

3 Reserve Items

The following 3 itens have been placed on Reserve for your class this semester.  To access them, stop by the Circulation desk in the lobby of the John Cotton Dana Libaray and fill out a Reserves Slip.  You will need the call numbers below:

Reading & Writing Tips

  • Each of the 3 books placed on Reserve for your class at the Dana Library Circulation Desk contain reading and writing tips that can be especially helpful as you work on your course assignments. There is information about reading scientific articles - whether it's advice on note-taking or summarizing, an explanation of how articles are organized, or a key to some common abbreviations used in the scientific literature. Writing tips include how to summarize articles, write a literature review, and properly cite your sources. The "Chemistry Writing - Spring 2019 - Reserves - Handout" document (on the upper-left of this page) notes the specific sections within each book that you may find especially helpful.
  • You may also find these tips on reading and summarizing scientific journal articles helpful:

Citation Tips

  • As you gather your sources, compile your References section. Complete this section before you begin writing your paper! Why?
    • This will ensure that you have copied down all the necessary citation components of your book, article, Web site, etc.
    • It will make your life much easier when you need to do in-text citations since authors and dates are already neatly organized on your reference page.
    • It decreases the chance that you'll include an in-text citation for a source, but then forget to include it within the reference section.
  • You will be following the JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society) format:
    • The order of your references section is NOT alphabetical; rather, the list should be in order of appearance in your paper
    • Since you do not list the same source twice in your references section, you ARE expected to repeat superscripts within your paper
    • To see an example, visit: (link works on-campus)
    • Please note that you are expected to include the page range of the article for this class, but if an article number is all that's available, it's alright to use that
  • Citation managers can be a great help with citations: 
  • You can access The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd edition) for FREE online, on-campus: 


What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the "stealing" or use of someone else's work without attribution - i.e., treating someone else's work as if it were your own. This is a very serious charge and can result in severe disciplinary action, including a fail grades and possibly even expulsion. 

To avoid plagiarism, cite your sources!  Citations not only give proper credit to others for their ideas, but they indicate to your reader what resources were referred to when writing your paper. 

In a nutshell...

  • Remember to cite when:
    • quoting
    • paraphrasing
    • summarizing
    • borrowing an image
  • You do NOT have to cite when it is:
    • common knowledge
    • original thought

For more information on plagiarism, please take a look at the items below:

Rutgers' policies on plagiarism

Read about Rutgers University's policies on plagiarism here:

Writing Center

On the Rutgers-Newark campus, the Writing Center is located in Conklin 126.  Tutors there are available to help students with revising drafts of their papers, including improving grammar and usage.  Check the Web site for the most up-to-date hours of operation:

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