|What is a citation?||What is a citation style and which one to choose?|
A citation is a way of identifying and giving credit to others' published works that you used to support your own research. Other than facilitating researchers to locate sources of works, including citations in a paper also helps avoid plagiarism.
A citation consists of two parts: in-text citation and reference list. In-text citations are brief references of sources within the text of the paper, while reference list is a complete list of references at the end of the paper.
A citation style defines the necessary information for a citation, how the information is ordered, and what format citations should follow.
Generally, the citation style you use depends on your discipline. If you're not sure, check with your instructor. In PolyU, citation styles commonly used by various disciplines are listed below:
IEEE style follows a numbered system in referencing. Each source is cited with a number in square brackets in text.
Instead of manually entry of citations, a number of databases subscribed by the Library support direct export of citations to EndNote (or other reference management tools). This means, when you choose the appropriate export option, the citation of the items you have selected will automatically be imported into the EndNote (or other reference management tools) installed on your computer. Be aware that sometimes IEEE citation format may contain errors (e.g., missing volume number). You will need to double check the format of citations and references.
Here below are some examples of commonly used databases that offer citation direct export. The steps are quite similar, and the main difference is the name of the button to export.