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Guide to library resources for physics research.

APS Style

In Physics, cite according to the style for a particular journal. APS provides journal-specific guidelines for authors. In general, refer to the style guide for Physical Review Letters.

Some examples of this style are:

  • Journal articles

A. B. Last Name, Journal Title Abbreviation Vol, Issue (Year).

J. M. Smith, Phys. Rev. B 26, 1 (1982).

  • Entire book

A. B. Last Name, Book Title (Publisher, City, Year), Vol, pages.

J.M. Smith, Molecular Dynamics (Academic, New York, 1980), Vol. 2, p. 20.

  • Chapter in an edited book

A. B. Last Name, in Book Title, edited by C. Last Name (Publisher, City, Year).

J. M. Smith in Molecular Dynamics, edited by C. Brown (Academic, New York, 1980).

  • Proceedings

A. B. Last Name, in Proceedings Title, edited by C. Last Name (Publisher, City, Year) pages.

J. M. Smith, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, edited by C. Brown (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1958), p. 201.


Zotero is a free, open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems. For most databases and websites, citation information can be saved with just a few clicks. You can also download an extension for Microsoft Word, that will allow you to drag records in Zotero into your word document to instantly create citations in formats like MLA and APA.

Zotero is already installed on all the computers in the CSUDH library.