SciFinder: Cite

How to use the world's largest chemical information database to find chemical references, compounds, and reactions.

Why Cite?


Image source:  Reasonist.  Used with permission.

Citing your references, or the sources of information that you use in your research, is critical for a number of reasons.  Citing references:

  • strengthens the authoritativeness of your work;
  • shows you've incorporated other scholarly research into your work;  

  • gives a record of the sources you've used in your research;

  • provides the reader with valuable information, indicating where to go to find further information;

  • extends professional honesty and courtesy.  Writers have a responsibility to indicate when they have used someone else's ideas or words.

When citing a reference or compiling a bibliography, you'll be using the ACS style for chemistry classes.

ASC Citation Tools

Citation tools automate formatting references.

There are two citation tools that work with ACS:

If you do use these tools, be sure to review your results carefully.

You are responsible for the accuracy of your paper's citations. 

Refer to the ASC Style Guide for definitive information.

Image source: Jim Thomas.  CC-BY-SA-3.0. Wikimedia Commons.


Tired of formatting references for your bibliographies?

RefWorks is a wonderful and easy-to-use bibliographic manager. In other words, it will help you keep track of the citations you collect while researching, and will format your citations in seconds.


        Export references from SciFinder into your RefWorks account, format them quickly into ACS style.

        New RefWorks user?   Sign up for an individual account.



        Export to RefWorks

        If you have multiple items in SciFinder that you want to export to RefWorks;

        In SciFinder

        1. From your search results page, check the items you wish to export to RefWorks -- mark the box to the left of the citation.

        2. When finished marking results, click on Export


        3. From the Export Menu choose: Citation export format (*.ris)

        4. Choose Export, choose save file.

        5. Login to your RefWorks account

        6. From the RefWorks menu choose References > Import

        7. From the RefWorks Import menu:

        • set your Import Filter/Data Source to RIS Format
        • set your Database to RIS Format

        8. Under Text File, select browse to find the RIS file you downloaded from SciFinder (it will be in your download folder)

        9. Click on Import

        10. You should see that your citations have been uploaded to RefWorks