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Introduction to Research in Engineering

IEEE Citation Style

When citing a source you acknowledge another person's ideas, whether you have quoted them directly or otherwise. You are also attempting to provide enough information for someone reading your paper to easily find the source that you consulted.

A citation provides brief details of the author and date of publication within your text

A bibliography or Reference List is a list at the end of your paper of all sources/references used within your paper

A reference is a detailed description of the item from which you obtained your information

There are a variety of different citation styles out there and what style you use often depends on your discpline and/or the preference of your instructor.

The most common style in engineering is the IEEE Style. Below you will find a link to a pdf. document that outlines some basic tips for citing your sources in the IEEE style. If you are ever unsure of what you are doing always consult your instructor!

IEEE Computer Society Style Guide - click on "Special Sections" for more specific examples

The University of Calgary Student Success Centre offers this condensed guide to IEEE Style.

What is a Citation?

The following image identifies some of the key components of a typical journal or book citation.

Image from William Hannon Library-Loyola Marymount University

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