Guide: How to cite a Software in ACM style

Guide: How to cite a Software in ACM style

Cite A Software in ACM style

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Use the following template to cite a software using the ACM citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the ACM style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, A., Year Published. Title, City: Publisher.


Beggs, S., 2013. A Dose of Music for Pain Relief -

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


[Author Surname Year Published]


“If you're thinking about something else, then you're not thinking about your pain, and you feel less pain,” says psychologist David Bradshaw, who studies pain relief at the University of Utah's Pain Research Center. [Beggs 2013]

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