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Science & Technology Citation Guide Styles  

This libguide is a guide on the major citations styles in the sci-tech field.
Last Updated: Nov 2, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Why Cite?

According to NCCU James E. Shepard Library, below are 3 reasons why you should cite.

  1. "To give credit to the sources you’ve used
  2. To enable others to find the same sources you’ve used
  3. To be part of the scholarly conversation"

When you cite you are basically giving credit where credit is due.



What is plagrisam?

According to NCCU Graduate Handbook plagrisam is "the use of the ideas, words, or work of another without attribution when the information provided is not common knowledge either in content or form..."

In layman terms plagrisam is stealing information and making it your own.



The purpose of this Libguide is to give an overview about 4 of the most common science and technology citations styles. 

These citation style guides are:

1. American Chemical Society (ACS)

2. Council of Science Editors (CSE)

3. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)

4. National Library of Medicine (NLM)


Citation Generators

Citation Generators are great tools to citing properly. There are many online citation tools that are helpful in citing different citation styles.

Below are some helpful links to online citation generators:


 According to BibMe it is "an automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago," and others like ACS, and IEEE formatting. "Other styles are powered by Citation Style Language Citation Style Language, which are licensed under a CC-BY-SA license."

Citation Wizard

Citation Wizard is a online citation generator that is designated for CSE citation style.

Son of citation machines 

The Son of citation machines is a online citation generator that allows you to cite just about anything from a book to a film. It also offers a plagraism checker on it's webpage.


EasyBib is easy and user-friendly. It helps users to cite over 59 different sources. EasyBib is a easy, accurate, and quick solution to citing properly

NLM Citation Machine 

NLM Citation Machine is a online citation generator that allows user to instantly cite articles and books with the PubMed ID or the ISBN.


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