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Physics

Welcome to the Physics subject guide. This guide contains selected core reference and other literature finding aids for this subject area.

Useful Citation Styles

It's important to cite sources that you used in your research. You cite:

  • To show your reader that you have done proper research and your work is credible;
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledge them;
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas that you have taken from other authors;
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources through your citations. You need to cite your sources accurately when you write through footnotes, a bibliography/reference list.

Citation styles

There are many different ways of citing resources from your research. The citation style sometimes depends on the academic discipline involved.

PHYSICS
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Style

"AIP Style refers to the citation format established by the American Institute of Physics. AIP is the format commonly used in the field of physics. AIP is a numbered style with references numbered in the order of appearance in the article and listed in that order at the end of the article" -- From VirginiaTech University Libraries

 

"Developed by the American Chemical Society, this style may be used for research papers in the field of chemistry.

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. Journal titles longer than one word are abbreviated according to the conventions set up by CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index)." -- From VirginiaTech University Libraries

"AIP Style refers to the citation format established by the American Institute of Physics. AIP is the format commonly used in the field of physics. AIP is a numbered style with references numbered in the order of appearance in the article and listed in that order at the end of the article" -- From VirginiaTech University Libraries

CHEMISTRY

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