Guide: How to cite a Website in ACS style

Guide: How to cite a Website in ACS style

Cite A Website in ACS style

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Use the following template to cite a website using the ACS 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 ACS style.

Reference list

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


(1) Author Surname, Author Initial. Title http://Website URL (accessed Oct 10, 2013).


(1) Simon, J. Comments on "Why We Laugh" | Psychology Today (accessed Jun 18, 2014).

In-text citation

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




Why we laugh isn’t a mystery anymore. The questions about appropriate vs. inappropriate laughter, about laughing “with” vs. “at” someone, about how our relationship with others in our immediate social circle affects our laugh response, even the evolutionary origins of laughter…these have been worked out with a new, but little known theory published in 2008.

The theory defines laughter as “a vocal affirmation of mutual vulnerability.” If my friend spills gravy on his tie, my reminding him of our mutual vulnerability (that I too sometimes have trouble with such tasks) is welcomed. It is, in this context, a signal of sympathy, of solidarity. His status has been diminished by his actions, and my laughter effectively raises him back up (Lifting Laughter). If my pain-in-the-butt coworker, who thinks he’s so much better than I, highlights his shortcomings by spilling HIS gravy, then reminding him of our mutual vulnerability is my way of saying, “See, you’re not as great as you think you are.” Same message, just a different motivation (Lowering Laughter) and different response, most likely unwelcomed. These are examples of what we commonly refer to as laughing WITH someone and laughing AT them.

The same is true when laughing at our own vulnerabilities. Nervous (Self-Lifting) Laughter reminds others around us (or, if alone, ourselves) that others probably suffer the same fate sometimes. It solicits supportive responses (incl. Lifting Laughter) from those who might be nearby. And if our status is raised by some random or seemingly undeserved victory (e.g., a lottery win), then an expression of mutual vulnerability (Self-Lowering Laughter) is an acknowledgment that those around us could have won just as well, that our good fortune is not going to sever old friendships.

In all these cases, the message is the same even though the motivation and effects on others might differ. Just like a car horn (Hey!) can sometimes express the sender’s desire to say, “Hey, stop!” or “Hey, go!” And, similarly, a car horn can be welcomed when pressed by a loved one you’ve been waiting patiently for, or unwelcomed when pressed by the idiot behind you in rush hour traffic. It’s all a matter of context and relationship. 1

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