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CHEM 401/501: Advanced Physical Chemistry

Citing in ACS

Building Your Citations

For this class you'll be required to cite in ACS (American Chemical Society) style.

Citation Tools

Citation Managers

Creating and managing citations can be a hassle, but you can use a citation manager to make things easier. A citation manager is a software that will automatically format citations for you, allowing you to easily create a bibliography when you're done writing. However, it's very important to always double-check your citations for accuracy
                                                                
How do I download it? Click here  Click here  No desktop application -- access it online here
How much does it cost?  It's free! (with costs for upgraded storage) It's free! (with costs for upgraded storage) The library pays for a subscription so that it's free to every W&M student/faculty.       
How much storage does it offer?  2 GB cloud storage  300 MB cloud storage (but unlimited on desktop application) Unlimited
Can it store articles (PDFs)? Yes -- you can "drag and drop" and organize your PDFs into folders. PDFs are fully keyword searchable.  Yes -- you can "drag and drop" and organize your PDFs into folders. PDFs are fully keyword searchable. No
Can I use it to collaborate on a group project? Yes -- you can create groups that then share documents and citations.  Yes -- you can create groups that then share documents and citations. Kind of -- you can create a shared folder that other people can view, but not contribute to.
Can I use it across different devices?  Yes -- it has a web platform as well as a desktop application, and they sync.  Yes -- it has a web platform as well as a desktop application, and they sync. Yes -- it is entirely web-based. 
Can I use it to make citations & bibliographies as I write? Yes -- you can download a plugin for Word or LibreOffice that will let you cite as you go.  Yes -- there is a Word and LibreOffice plugin that downloads standard with the desktop Zotero application. Yes -- you can download the "Write-N-Cite" plugin for Word that lets you cite as you go. 
Does it let me annotate (write & highlight) articles that I have stored? Yes No No -- does not store PDF's.