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ACS - Referencing Guide

Internet Documents


Cite documents published on the internet according to the specific guidelines for the type of document. More specific information is available for E-books and E-journals.

Government reports and company annual reports are examples of documents that may be published on the internet.

Please note: If no author or editor is given and the document is not a part, article or chapter, then citation is by title.


Standard format for citation

#. Author, A. A.; Author, B. B. Document Title, Year. Site Name. Internet address (accessed Month Day, Year).



Electronic document 

1. Byrne, C. Molecular Scissors Slice DNA to Isolate Genes, 2006. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (accessed Apr 24, 2008).

2. Chang, A. C.; Pan, G.; Page, A. L.; Asano, T. Developing Human Health-related Chemical Guidelines for Reclaimed Waster and Sewage Sludge Applications in Agriculture, 2002. World Health Organization.  (accessed Oct 1, 2010).

Electronic document: Organisation

3. European Solvents Industry Group. Flammability: A Safety Guide for Users, 2003. Safe Working with Industrial Solvents, Best Practices Guidelines No. 4. (accessed Oct 1, 2010).

Electronic document: Government publications

4. Australia. Department of Health and Ageing. Polyacrylate in DynamX, 2010. National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Full Public Report PLC/932. (accessed Oct 1, 2010).

5. Western Australia. Chemistry Centre. Water for Domestic, Agricultural and General Use, 2008. (accessed Oct 1, 2010).

Electronic document: Commonwealth legislation

6. Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 (Cth). (accessed Apr 11, 2019).

Electronic document: State legislation

7. Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Western Australia) Act 1995 (WA).$FILE/
Agricultural%20And%20Veterinary%20Chemicals%20(Western%20Australia)%20Act%201995%20-%20%5B02-a0-06%5D.pdf?OpenElement (accessed Apr 11, 2019).

Personal Internet site

8. Stanley, F. Information page - Professor Fiona Stanley, 2005. Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. (accessed Apr 24, 2008).

General Internet site

9. Dunham, W. Methane Spotted on Distant Planet, 2008. News in Science, ABC online. (accessed Apr 24, 2008).

Blog entry

10. Cantrill, S. Blindingly Simple. The Sceptical Chymist: A Blog from Nature Chemistry, February 6, 2015. (accessed Jun 9, 2015).

See the All Examples page for examples of in-text and reference list entries for specific resources such as articles, books, internet documents and web pages.