Norms and Standards Applied by Our ACS Format Citation Generator for Book Referencing

ACS style is a combination of formatting and citation rules developed by the American Society of Chemistry and used for research papers in the corresponding field. The most recent addition of the ACS Style Guide is dated 2006, but a newer version is being currently developed and will soon be able for use.

Among other uses, ACS is frequently applied to cite published books and thus provides a set of norms to follow in doing so.

Every book citation within this style in essence consists of two parts.  The first part, called an in text citation, provides brief information on the author and the published work or does as little as points at the source in the reference list. The second part, therefore, is a fuller reference in the reference list.

By using our free ACS book citation generator, you can create citations for the reference list, since the in-text ones don’t require as much attention.

ACS in text citation for book sources

When it comes to providing brief identifying information within the text, the style guide offers three following methods. You can do ACS in text citation for book sourses by:

  • Using an italic number that corresponds to the number of the source in the reference list at the end or in the middle of the citation.
    Example:
    God created two acts of folly. First, He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second, He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act, in the form of microwave radiation. (1)
    Paul Erdős (1) believes that God created two acts of folly. First, He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second, He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act, in the form of microwave radiation.
  • Using superscript numbers at the end or in the middle of the cited piece of information.
    Example:
    Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species, man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one.2
    Victor Schaffer2 states that although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species, man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one.
  • Stating the author’s name and the year of publication at the end or in the middle of the piece of information cited.
    Example:
    If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment. (Rutherford, 1899)
    Rutherford states that if your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment. (1899)

Note that if you are using our ACS format citation generator for book with more than one author, the authors will be named using “and” in between the two names (for two authors) or by stating the first author and adding “at al” (for three and more authors).

ACS referencing style for a book in the reference list

The norms provided by the ACS referencing style for a book differ depending on the characteristics of such book.

For single author books:
Author 1, Book Name, edition; Publishing House: City of Publishing, year of publishing; pages

For a chapter in a book:
Author 1, Book Name, edition; Publishing House: City of Publishing, year of publishing; pages, Chapter number

For books in a series:
Author 1 Book Name. In Name of the Series; Publishing House: City of Publishing, year of publishing, pages

Please note that these are only general rules and requirements will differ for specific cases. With this online citation generator however, you don’t need to lift a single finger and read boring style guides. Your job is to find the source. The job of our textbook citation generator is to cite it appropriately. Let’s get citing!