This page has resources to help you decipher citations to journal articles and determine if the UF Libraries have a subscription to the journal of interest.
The complete ACS Style Guide (3rd Edition, 2006) is available online and also in print in the Reference Section of the Marston Science Library, call number QD8.5 .A25 2006. Chapter 14 specifically deals with citations. Relevant information about citations presented here draws on that book, as well as general ACS publications.
A typical ACS journal citation follows the following basic style:
Fendler, J. H.; Hinze, W. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1981, 103, 5439-5447.
Sometimes you will see the title given between the author names and the journal abbreviation, but usually not. This is because titles can be very long and include non-standard symbols or fonts. You can find details in Chapter 14 of the ACS Style Guide. However, you should be able to locate the indicated article from the information given.
Not all ACS journals follow this format! It is always a good idea to double-check the journal homepage for format information! Some examples are linked here:
You will find that almost all journals use a style similar to ACS in terms of information required for the citation, but the formatting may be different. Or, additional information, such as article title and issue number (in addition to volume number) may be included. For example, the Elsevier journal Polymer uses the following style:
Braun D, Kramer I, Pasch H. Macromol Chem Phys 2000;201:1048.
The Wiley journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry uses a style including the article title:
Roy S, Singh SB. 2005. Liquid chromatographic method for the microquantitative determination of clodinafop in soil, wheat and Phalaris minor. J Chromatogr A 1065:199–206.
There are several ways to determine a journal's preferred citation style:
Find the author instructions for the journal: As with ACS journals, each journal has author instructions where the preferred citation style is specified. You can usually find these instructions in a print copy of the journal or on the journal's web site.
Determine the style from a journal article: Find a print or online copy of a journal article from the journal you are interested in. Look at the citations in the journal article you have to determine the correct citation format for this journal. The risk in using this option is that the author of the article you found may not have correctly used the style preferred by the journal's editor -- so double-check against another article. Be sure to check new articles -- style guidelines may change over time.
Use a bibliographic management tool: Programs such as RefWorks and EndNote Web can automatically create bibliographies in many different citation styles. The advantage to this method is you only have to input the citation information one time and then you can reformat it into as many different styles as you would like. This is particularly helpful if you have a large number of citations.
The trickiest part of deciphering citations is figuring out the Journal Abbreviation. There are several tools to help you do this:
You can search the library catalog by Journal Title to determine if the UF Libraries have a subscription to a title of interest:
Many titles are available electronically, but often older (pre-1995) volumes may be available only in print. For this title, the library has both electronic and print access:
For the first record, Click here for full text options will show you what years we have available electronically.
For the second record, Check availability will show you what years and volumes we have available in print.