Queries related to citing or referencing published or unpublished sources.

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Do contemporary publications cite more sources? Why?

When I read very old, classic papers in biology, I am struck by how few sources they cite. Watson and Crick, 1953 cites 6 sources. Luria and Delbrück, 1943 cites 9. Sanger, 1977 cites 14. This is in ...
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How to cite an updated report?

Research reports published on the webpage of the home institution are sometimes updated during the revision process. Suppose a first version was published in 2013, and the update came in 2014, and ...
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What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? [on hold]

What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? Note: I am not looking for guesses, but answers supported by citations data. What are some good physics citations databases?
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What kind of citation is needed for a whole paragraph?

I'm writing a paper on The Beatles and in this paragraph I'm talking about the formation of the group. I got the info from their biographical book. So it's just a summarized version of a chapter. I ...
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How to cite prices in academia?

In the introduction of my thesis I want to motivate the use of alternative neutron converters to helium-3 by mentioning the exploding cost of latter. I am not directly involved with helium-3, since I ...
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How should I refer to non-permanent Web Pages, via Web Pages saved in PDF format?

This question is only concerning references to non-permanent (and even semi-permanent) information, for example, Web pages (but not limited to web pages). I understand that some researches post the ...
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How can I get lists of scientific articles for data mining purposes? [closed]

I would like to do some data analysis of journal articles. I really just need the titles of the articles, perhaps the abstracts as well. Essentially, I'm analyzing how citation counts, "trendy ...
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Citation for quoting a current accepted value in an abstract?

In the abstract of a scientific report, when comparing an experimentally measured value to a current accepted value, should you provide a citation for it?
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How to quote a quote? [duplicate]

I'm writing my master thesis. I need to quote a cited quote from another paper. So the scenario is that I'm reading a paper and this paper has a quote which is cited from another paper. Now I want to ...
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Possibly fraudulent journal: cite or not to cite? [duplicate]

When I was doing literature review, I came across a paper published in a journal Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology. Now, I can't find this paper anywhere else, no ...
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Citing papers, that are cited within a paper?

I am reading a paper which discussing the change in a specific idea in a field of science over time. I would like to basically summarize the points in the paper but in a smaller fashion by taking some ...
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Why are some professors critical of even casual use of Wikipedia?

Many of the professors and lecturers I come across are very critical of Wikipedia, but they never give proper support for their claims of "Wikipedia is bullshit!". And they threaten "Do not use ...
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How to differentiate long paraphrasing and original ideas with APA in-text citations?

Let's say I have the following paragraph: Smith (2011) contends that blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. This allows for one to decide ...
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If I use results from a source I don't have access to, should I include it in references?

Let's say, I am writing a paper. I am reading paper A that cites results in Paper/Book B. I do not have access to Paper/Book B. In the list of references, do I include only A? A and B?
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What are the best ways to organize one's research workflow when using multiple Operating Systems?

I have a good memory, but some of the fields I'm working in (NLP, Semantic Web, Information Visualization, Machine Learning) are quickly expanding. While I do have a good method of keeping track of ...
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References in a PhD thesis in mathematics [closed]

I have a few questions about the references in a PhD thesis in mathematics: What would be a "normal" range of items there? I am not sure if there is only a few items in the reference it may not be ...
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How to cite a method that has a huge history of contribitors?

I'm finishing my first paper, and am struggling with the citations a bit. I have used a particular implementation of an algorithm. The citation of the guys who thought of this particular variation ...
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Is it okay for the author field to contain names of research labs?

I find most articles through EBSCO and similar search tools, then export the BibTeX details to my own bibliography.bib file. Recently, I found some BibTeX files with a strange author field, containing ...
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In the Harvard referencing style, is it wrong to put references in footnotes?

I have a discussion with my mate about how to reference with the Harvard referencing style. I would say it is wrong to do the referencing like in the picture below. My suggestion was that the ...
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Must one find references to fit knowledge already known from education or experience?

Recently I wrote a course paper on a subject connecting my major to my current major. In the background section, I listed quite a bit of essential information I think is information that is readily ...
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My name was misspelled in a citation, what should I do?

Recently, a newly published paper in a journal cited one of our papers and managed to misspell my name in the reference list. How should I deal with this? Simply ignore this? Or should I contact the ...
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How to cite a dataset, when my calculations relied on the data?

Occasionally I need to present some figures that I calculated with custom scripts against a dataset, such as a dictionary, text corpus, or some form of lexical database. The calculations are my own, ...
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Should I cite every study that supports my point?

Suppose I'm writing a paper and at some point in the paper (e.g. the background section), I write that "Vanilla ice cream is healthier than chocolate ice cream." I search EBSCO and find check all ...
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How should I cite StackOverflow questions in my term paper? [duplicate]

I'm working on a term paper for a CS course. I wish to add some stackoverflow answers as references, particularly when I used code from an answer. What's the format I should follow for this?
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Possible to Reliably Find Editorial Board for the Conference Proceedings?

I am in the process of submitting thesis corrections and attempting to add sufficient reference information for our school's Thesis Office. They are requesting that I add in the Editor's for ...
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Is it advisable to use formal citations in a statement of purpose?

In my statement of purpose, I am using certain arguments by scholars of my field (IR). Will it be advisable to use referencing, or might it be to my disadvantage as an unnecessary attempt to boast on ...
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How to cite different chapters of a book in the same paragraph?

Background: I'm writing a master's thesis with APA citations. In one paragraph, I cite two unrelated pieces of information that happen to come from different chapters of the same textbook. It's ...
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How to introduce multiple authors of a research paper in content?

I want to introduce the findings of a case study in my report, but it has four authors and I would like name them in when introducing it. What would be the best way to do this, or is the below ...
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Asking authors for details of algorithm implementation when no explanation is provided

I am reading a paper where they cite "Apply the X Algorithm on the result" after a series of operations on "result" in the algorithm. The rest of the algorithm is clear in what it asks to do, but the ...
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How can I cite my dissertation in a paper that will be double-blind reviewed?

A chapter in my dissertation has not been published in an archival conference. I am writing a paper based on the chapter for a conference that does double-blind paper review. The paper will include ...
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Should the fullstop go inside or outside the brackets for Harvard in-line citations?

I was always taught to put the fullstop inside the brackets, but a couple of Harvard in-line citations I'm seeing put the fullstop outside, e.g. (Hyvönen, 2007; Joshi, 2001; Kaplan, 1984). Is ...
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How should I cite 3 images that were used to compose a new image?

I used three images from Wikipedia to compose them to a new image. All other images (not that many) are created by myself. How should I cite them? The images are: ...
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How to cite from a book with more authors?

Some books start each chapter with a short inspirational quote from some famous person e.g. Chapter 1. "I think, therefore I am" -René Descartes I would like to do the same and I found ...
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How to encourage students to seek alternate citations for an assignment?

I am teaching at a relatively large, public institution in the United States. I have assigned my students a research paper related to the thermodynamics of human biology. I have asked the students for ...
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Does the order of citation ([Kir10, HZK09] or vice versa) matter?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis in Computer Science. When I have a sentence It was shown in [Kir10, HZK09] that ... does it make a difference if I write It was shown in [HZK09, Kir10] ...
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Is it ethical to reference a work accused of plagarism?

I have been using a book as reading for the background of my dissertation, but have just found out that it has been accused of being an unauthorised translation of someone else's work: ...
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Using MHRA, do I need to cite a translator when referencing an online text?

My apologies in advance if this question is misplaced here. Using a reference like this (for online resourses) Heraclitus, 'Fragments Of Heraclitus - Wikisource, The Free Online Library', ...
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Fastest way to download thousands of reference records [closed]

Good day people, I was wondering how to donwload thousands (>500k) of references records at once or through a software or script and not 500 at each time. Thank so much in advance for any clue.
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Is citation bias a studied issue?

I have noticed in a number of papers, including those in top journals, a common dirty practice which consists of self citing your previous works and omitting other important references in the area (I ...
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Are references with indication of page number uncommon in computer science?

I am writing a computer science paper in which I cite several lengthy sources (text books and standard specifications). Whenever I cite such a source, I add the page numbers of the subsection to which ...
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Citing an article under a double-blind review process

This is my case: I've recently co-authored and sent an article to a journal that follows a double-blind review process, so that reviewers shouldn't be able to know the name of the authors. ---I mean, ...
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Why should I format a citation manually without bibliographic software?

During a lecture (and a separate presentation) my instructor told us about bibliographic software, how it composes references automatically and is able to correctly cite articles in many formats. The ...
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Is there a problem with citing an article that cites a retracted article?

I'm looking through a few journal articles and I notice that they have cited an article that has been retracted (based on invalid conclusions). If I cite that article that cited the retracted one, ...
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Is there a standard for capitalization in references of math papers?

How do you capitalize the titles of references in a math paper? Would you rather write: Global smooth solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations or Global Smooth Solutions of the Navier-Stokes ...
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How to format bibligraphy when author changes names? [duplicate]

It is not unheard of for a single academician to use different names. This includes, but is probably not limited to, "internationalising" names with special characters, using short forms of given ...
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How to cite a paper when I don't know where was published?

I have collected some papers regarding the subject of my M.A. thesis, but I have some articles that I couldn't find where they were published. The point is when I Google the title of the article, ...
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Is it ethical for authors to reference another paper, but not cite it formally, because they consider it unscientific?

I found in a medical paper from the 1990's a non-citation like this: The results and terminology by John Smith, Jane Poe, John Doe, Richard Roe, Larry Loe, Journal of Scientific Papers, 12345-698 ...
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Is it wise to use the paper reference numbers defined in CV in statement of purpose?

If in my CV I assign to each paper of mine exactly one number, say [1] On ...; [2] On ..., and if I want to introduce my works in my statement of purpose, then is it wise to use these paper reference ...
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Can I use my own paper for own thesis?

I published a paper on a statistical topic after my bachelors. Currently I am doing my masters thesis and I would like to cite/use my own paper in it. However, I did not inform my supervisor before ...
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How to cite when true publication date differs from journal's claimed year?

I am citing in Harvard style, so my entries end up something like this: Widom, H. (1975). Asymptotic inversion of convolution operators, Publ. Math. Inst. Hautes Études Sci. 44: 191–240. With ...