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A guide to assist MCC chemistry students in finding quality resources and encourage scholarly scientific research.

The Writing Center

 The Writing Center provides professional English tutors that can help with writing problems, such as structuring papers, writing essays and research papers, and writing mechanics. The Writing Center is located in the southeast corner (bottom floor) of the Paul Elsner Library.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit The Writing Center website.

Online Citation Makers

These websites will create citations for you.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Citation Guide

ACS Style Guide


Developed by the American Chemical Society, this style is used for many research papers in the field of chemistry.  It provides a description of both the manner in which the manuscript should be organized and formatted, and how sources should be cited.

Each citation consists of two parts: the in-text citation, which provides brief identifying information within the text, and the reference list, a list of sources that provides full bibliographic information.

The library has a paper copy of the ACS Style Guide in the reference section, QD8.5 .A25 1997.


There are also some excellent online resources to help you use ACS Style:

UW-Madison Chemistry Library, ACS Style guidelines

Williams College Libraries Guide to using the ACS Style

Penn State University Libraries ACS Handout (PDF)

University of the Sciences, J.W. England Library, ACS Style

APA Citation Guides online

APA recently issued a new edition, not yet reflected in all of the online guides. Print copies of the new 2010 APA Manual are available in the library. The first two links below are based on the updated, 6th edition.

MLA Citation Guides Online

The library has multiple print resources available to help you with MLA formatting. Here are a few online resources to help with formatting your paper and creating a works cited page:

MLA 7th Research Guide MCC's Library Research Guide on MLA formatting

OWL at Purdue  MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Research & Documentation Online  From Bedford/St. Martin's print book by Diane Hacker and Barbara Fister