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Chemical Literature: Citing in ACS, Writing and Reading Resources

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

Citation Machine - ACS formatter

Reading reasearch



NoodleTools helps you write citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago format, and create annotated bibliographies. It also has tools to create notecards, draft an outline of your paper and keep track of "To Do" tasks. Citations can be exported directly to your Google Drive, or to Word or other formats.

How to Set-up and Use NoodleTools

Citing in Chemistry


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

Zotero will run on any operating system. Installation only takes a few seconds. To install:

  1. Go to and follow the instructions for your browser.
  2. On the Zotero Site, go to the Styles Repository and find the ACS style your instructor has asked you to use. Several WOU faculty use the ACS Nano.

If you work mostly on a personal laptop or home computer, you'll probably also want to download and install the Word Processor plugins . 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 and to make an appointment.