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How to format a newspaper Article in ACS Format

Citations of newspaper articles using the ACS format usually follow a set of stylistic requirements. Generally, there are some areas in research papers which should be cited, some of which include; the exact wording taken from other sources like newspapers, paraphrases of parts or passages from different sources and ideas taken from variant sources.

To format an article in ACS, it requires that the newspaper sources are documented with in-text and parenthetical references as well as a complete list of references placed at the end of the paper. For example, each citation normally consists of both the in-text citation and the reference list. The in-text citations which help identify the source of information within the text while the reference list provides a list of the sources which have been cited in the research paper. However, one of the most confusing tasks when citing newspaper articles ACS format is to determine whether itis from a print newspaper or an online newspaper. This is critically important because print newspaper articles are normally cited differently from the online newspaper articles.

Although the formatting in-text citations of print and online newspaper sources are similar, there are some slight changes in the formatting of the reference lists of print and online newspaper article sources. For example, the normal format for the reference list of newspaper articles follows the Surname of the author, Initial of the author first name, Title of the article, Newspaper title, section, complete date of publication (Month, date, year) and page number. However, when citing online newspaper articles, it requires the inclusion of additional information.  For instance, the URL link of the newspaper article and the date in which the cited article was accessed as follows: the Surname of the author, Initial of the author first name, Title of the article, Newspaper title[online], date of publication (Month, date, year), page number, URL link and access date. It is important to note that different web browsers usually break the text in diverse places of a URL. For example, it is critically essential to break a URL in printed work at the end of a line, after a colon, comma, single slash, hyphen, question mark and period

When it comes to formatting of the in-text citations, there are three main ways through which the in-text citations in research paper can be formatted when citing a newspaper article in ACS format. The first method of citing in-text references involves using superscript numbers to cite the sources at the end of the information being cited. Example: the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry. Similarly, superscript numbers can also be placed within the information being cited as shown in the example below: Example: Dodd et al.1 states that the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry.

The second method of ACS citation involves the use of italic numbers at the end or within the information being cited. For example, the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry. On the other hand, the use of italic numbers within the information being cited can be done as shown in the example below: Example: Dodd et al. (1) state that the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry.

The third method of in-text citations involves the use of an author surname followed by the newspaper’s year of publication. This can be done both at the end of the information being cited or within the information being cited. For instance, the surname of the author and publication year method can be used at the end of the information as follows: Example: the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry (Dodd, et al., 1986). Similarly, the citation method can also be applied within the information being cited as follows: Dodd, et al. states that the ACS format is currently one of the most widely used referencing styles for research papers and articles in the field of chemistry(1986).

The number in the superscript is normally used to indicate the relevant reference cited in the essay. When formatting, superscript should appear outside the punctuation marks in case the citation applies to the entire sentence or clause. Also, the quotes should be numbered consecutively based on their order of appearance in the essay, and each of the citations must correspond to the number of the relevant reference containing the information which has been cited. The same number of the reference should be utilized in all the subsequent references. However, there is no distinction between print and online references in the in-text citations. When citing more than one newspaper article, it is required to list the numbers of each reference separately separated by a dash or comma for each reference.

Finally, there are a few basic requirements to be followed when formatting a newspaper article in the reference list of a research paper. The citation of newspaper articles in ACS format requires some key information. Namely, the name of the section is provided, specific data and year as well as section or page numbers. The basic format used in the citation of newspapers in an article based on ACS format is normally presented as follows:

The surname of the author, Initial of the author first name. Title of the article. Newspaper title (in italics). Section (in italics), complete date of publication (Month, date, year), pagination.

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