Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) format guide

Each modern student is aware of the importance of unique text in any type of assignment. Writing unique text is hardly possible because many writers consider thoughts to be hardly unique and commonly repeated in different minds. When writing your own research students are using previously gained experience and knowledge described in different sources. To honor those sources it is necessary and very important to use appropriate citation style.

IEEE citation guide overview

One of those styles is IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) citation manual which gives the reader immediate information about the references used in the paper as most of the other styles do. This style is widely used in electrical, computing and electronic disciplines.  As most of the other citation styles, IEEE has two components which are in-text citation and reference list. Reference list is numbered in order as citations appear in the text. Square brackets of numbers in-text citation differ this style from other.

Features of the style

Many features are the same as in other citation styles. What differs this style from the other is stating author’s last name after the first name when most styles require last name to be the first. The name of the source (article, chapter, thesis etc.) in quotation marks follows after the author’s name.  Quotation marks are also used rarely in citation. The name of the book is followed next in italic. These are the main principles of citation style which are easy to remember and are commonly used in special literature by researchers, students, scientists and other academic workers.

Print sources

Printed sources in electric, electronic and computing are considered to be books, articles in a journal and patents of standards. All of the sources have to include author’s name, title of the article and name of the source. Books must include publisher, year and pages, patents must include country of registration, patent number and date, article in journal should include volume and number, page numbers, moth and year.

Electronic sources

Electronic sources citation includes e-journals, e-books and handbooks or reports. It usually includes author, date (month and year), title, type of medium, volume, pages and the link. Reports and handbooks include company, city, state or country as well. Type of medium is usually online and is written in square brackets. It should be noted that it isn’t required to state the date of extraction while most of other styles such as MLA or APA require this information.

Comparing with other citation styles

Most of citation styles pursue the only purpose to show basic information about the source. It also shows the ability of a student to work with the correct literature and shows his overall level of education. APSA, ASA and AMA citation guides are also widely used in academic world in writing essays, research works and other types of academic papers. The differences between the styles are not very valuable but require high quality and long lasting proofreading. Knowing these rules will ease further academic performance.

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