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ACS (American Chemical Society) Citation Style Guide

General guidelines to ACS citation format

Theses and Dissertations

When citing a thesis or dissertation the minimum information included should be:

  • Author
  • Title 
  • Institution
  • Date

If more information is available such as the level of thesis (e.g. master, phd) or the location of the university, include that information in your citation.

Basic format:

Author. Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Name of University, Location of University, Date of Completion.


Duis, J. M. Acid/base chemistry and related organic chemistry conceptions of undergraduate organic chemistry students. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2008.​