Citing your sources of information helps the reader verify the origin of your information, and it shows evidence of your research.
The authenticity of your information is established by citing and it enables your readers to locate your sources.
Not citing appropriately can get you accused of Plagiarism and is a serious academic issue.
A note to students about citation style guidelines: Many citation format guidelines are open to interpretation. For this reason your instructor is the final authority of the subject of citation for any given assignment.
The Chicago Manual of Style (abbreviated in writing as CMS or CMOS, or verbally as Chicago) is a style guide for American English published since 1906 by the University of Chicago Press. Its sixteen editions have prescribed writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The CMS deals with aspects of editorial practice, from American English grammar and usage to document preparation.
Resources for ACS (American Chemical Society) Citation:
The official style manual of the American Chemical Society and is the definitive reference for chemists writing for publication. As such, it goes far beyond citation rules and creating a bibliography, which are covered in Chapter 14. A print version is available in the library’s Reference Collection.
General Citation Resources & Citation Management Systems: