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Chemical Literature: Reading, Writing and Citing

A guide for use by students in the Chemical Literature class.

Citation Machine - ACS formatter

Reading reasearch


EasyBib logo


IMPORTANT: The first time you use Easybib EDU, you will need to entere WOU's code. Current students, faculty, and staff can access it here.

If you are logged in to the WOU Portal, you can use the "Log in with Google" button to log in.

EasyBib EDU is an automatic citation & bibliography composer for APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. 


EasyBib is also available from the library home page under Accounts.  Hamersly Library provides the premium access to EasyBib--just sign up for a free account. 

Citing in Chemistry


Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon that allows you to collect, manage, and cite sources.

Zotero will run on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Installation only takes a few seconds. To install:

  1. Get ZoteroGo to and download Zotero.
  2. When you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".
  3. Restart Firefox. You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window. If you don't see the button, look for Zotero in the Tools menu.
  4. If you plan on using Zotero on WOU computers, go to Tools > Add-ons and click on Zotero, then on the Preferences button that will appear. Set up the Sync function with your free Zotero account (if you didn't create one when you installed, go to and do it). Alternatley, you can change your Data Directory Location (under the advanced tab) to somewhere on your "H Drive" or a thumb drive. Details are availabe here.
  5. Download the ACS Nano style and you will be ready to go!

If you work mostly on a personal laptop or home computer, you'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is the only academic support unit on campus specifically designed to promote your development and success as a college writer. The consultant team is available to assist you in person and online with writing projects for any course and any level of instruction. The Writing Center also offers specialized assistance for multimodal compositions or new media projects like digital narratives, blogs, websites, slideware presentations, and even YouTube videos.

Writing Center

Visit the Writing Center website for current hours. Below are the hours writing tutors are in the library:

Hamersly Library, Room HL 116
7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Walk-in sessions only: First come, first served