Queries related to citing or referencing published or unpublished sources.

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Is it permissible to use somebody else's words (without quotations) to describe a concept once their work is cited?

Quite often one comes across a really succinct and precise explanation of a concept. I'm wondering if it is permissible to use this explanation verbatim, if the source work is cited in your paper ...
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Model for the number of citations an article receives over time

Is there a standard model for the number of citations an article will receive over time? If not, is there a good source for data on citation counts for articles divided up over time? Furthermore, does ...
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Help picking an appropriate citing style

I wrote a paper about governance mechanisms at StackExchange in which I got a lot of informations out of questions (especially on meta). I have kept all my references. My teacher is letting us pick ...
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When citing a paper on arXiv, how important is the category?

The arXiv documentation says that we should reference arXiv documents using references of the form: arXiv:YYMM.NNNNv# [category] e.g.: arXiv:0706.1234v1 [math.FA] However, most papers that I am ...
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How should we cite a MOOC?

How should one cite materials taken from a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)? This may be a specific case of the more general, "How should one cite a university course?" For a concrete example, ...
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Should I treat specialized wikis with the same scrutiny as Wikipedia itself?

Suppose I am making a paper on the impact of popular TV shows on the spread of correct knowledge and facts about current and past events. Shows like South Park, The Simpsons and likely others often ...
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Are there instances where citing Wikipedia is allowed?

For example, suppose you're writing an article about triangles, and you want to include a short proof of Pythagoras' theorem, but you can't quite remember how to derive it, so you pop over to: ...
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Should I comment on a cited paper in the paper-review part of my master's thesis?

I'm writing my master's thesis and began to wonder if it is ok to comment on some of the publications i cite in my 'State of the art' part. I have several papers where the results and/or methods ...
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How much can you trust a reference of a paper that is not available

It recently occurred to me that probably more often than it should happen, while reading someones paper, they see a reference to a different paper, and just use the reference without looking. In my ...
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What is the correct form of conferences/proceedings/transactions name in a citation?

I usually try to get citation from publishers website and import it into a reference manager like endnote. I have doubt about the correct form of conferences/proceedings/transactions name in citation. ...
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Is there a self-consistent citation system?

I study undergraduate philosophy. My school of philosophy allows its students to use whichever citation style they prefer to use. I've used a few different styles; however, I haven't yet found a ...
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Referencing specific files in source code in a dissertation

I am making a statement in my dissertation based on a comment written in the Linux kernel source code. I would like to be able to reference this comment. At least I would like to be able to name the ...
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Referencing A function used in a programming language

I am writing a paper, which in the application used a function from a programming language (in this case, it is OpenCV function canny edge detection). When is or is not appropriate to explain the ...
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Inline citation within my inline citation (MLA)

I am using a source, which, across the three sentences I am citing, includes two parenthetical citations. For example: If this is my sentence, and now I cite: "this is my source sentence one (Other ...
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Do I need to search citation sources for a rather generic graphic that I have drawn myself?

I'm about to write up my PhD thesis at the moment and for the theoretical part I have drawn some graphics that are of rather generic type -- crystal structures, crystal lattices and the like, similar ...
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Harvard Multiple authors- Alphabetical or not?

I apologise if I have missed this in the Harvard guidelines but I was wondering whether the order of multiple authors matters. For example a book by A Smith and A Jones. How should it be written: ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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How should I present data written in another language?

I'm writing a research paper in English but the topic is about a different country and the data is written in a different language, Arabic. Should I translate the data into English? If yes, should I ...
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How can I assess the quality of a paper outside my field which a student has cited?

As per the title, I would like to determine whether a paper cited by a student comes from a reputable source or not, given that the paper's content lies outside my field. My first thought was to check ...
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When there are multiple ISBNs, which should be reported in a reference list?

Which ISBN number should I use in my literature list? I have for example used a book about Design Patterns for my thesis. But I found that books have two ISBN numbers. Which is prefered to use? ...
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Should I justify the organization of chapters and sections in the research paper?

I am using a research handbook written by Creswell to guide me in writing my Bachelor's Thesis. Specifically, I followed his research design model. Should I justify why I structured my Methods ...
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Citing my own thesis in the extracted paper

I am going to extract a paper from my MSc thesis. But I am not sure how to point out that this paper is the synopsis of my thesis. What is your suggestion? In which section should I refer to the ...
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Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?

I'm writing a Bachelor's Thesis. I found a seemingly convenient way of making my research paper successful, but I'm not sure if it counts as plagiarism. This is mainly concerned with the methods ...
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What citation style is this? It has numeric reference, title in quotes, “Last, F.F.” name style

A style I'm required to follow, unfortunately unnamed: [1] Last, G.L., Loo, B.F., Mooo, C.C., “My wonderful title” Int. J. Heat Mass Transf., 32(19-21), pp. 234-245, (2001). [2] Moobar, ...
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Should references in the supplementary information be included in the main text?

I have been cutting some sections out of my article and moving them into the supplementary information section so my paper will fit within the journal's length requirements. However, some of the ...
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how to indicate citations from the same, long document at different pages

I am proofreading a grant from another researcher. This is going to be submitted to the NIH which follows AMA guidelines. A particular, long report is providing her several of the researcher's ...
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Merge tables from different sources (APA citation)

What I want to do is copy a table found in paper 1 and expand upon it using information from different sources. I'm doing a literature review and the table I found gives a nice summary of the ...
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Is there a preferred method of citing Kindle books when no fixed page numbers are available?

I got the following info from the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide website in relation to citing Kindle books. If no fixed page numbers are available, you can include a section title or a ...
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Style in citing two authors in the same sentence

I have a sentence with two concepts and two quotations from two different authors. It goes like this Some is true because of concept one, that is "quotation one", and concept two, that is ...
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If I write a really bad, but controversial, paper, can I increase my h-index?

Imagine that I write a paper about a controversial topic like global warming denial, the link between vaccines and autism, why different races have different IQ. After publication, the paper gets the ...
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Is citing data from a presentation not trustful?

There is this investment bank specialized in the mining sector. I had access to one of their presentations where they have data regarding the production and end use of some chemical elements. They do ...
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What is citation index?

What is citation index? How are such indices calculated? How can any journal become part of an index? These are my questions about various indexes that are used at academic environments.
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What is proper citation date for a paper with two dates? [duplicate]

I have a paper here with following header: As you can see, it was published in the 2009 issue of a journal. But it also says "published online: 12 September 2007". It has the year 2007 in my ...
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NSF Proposals: numerical citations or author-year?

I'm preparing an NSF proposal. I ordinarily like author-year citations because they seem more scholarly and give the reviewer instant information about who(m) I am citing. However, multiple people ...
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How to cite a book if I only have access to its translation

Short: it's easy to find bibliographical info, but how to guess page numbers? I'm writing a paper in English. I want to cite certain book, originally published in French. It is translated to English ...
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How to cite Nature's “Supplementary Information” papers?

In one of my works I cite several times this kind of publications, but I don't know the recommended procedure to refer to them at the end. For articles I usually take bibtex code from Google Scholar ...
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how to properly cite other papers in my slides?

We recently submitted a paper, and now I'm creating some slides about it for future presentation. There are papers that we have cited in our paper and I need to cite them in slides too because they ...
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Is there a way to get a complete name bibliography from Scopus? How can I set my scrape, in that case?

I need a complete name bibliography from a search but I'm only allowed to have the surname and then the names'initals. Is there a way to get them?
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Do I need to repeat the books quoted in footnotes in the bibliography?

When writing an essay, if I have cited some paragraph from a book in the footnotes, do I need to include that book in the after the essay? Or I only need to include books that have not been cited in ...
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Is consistency in citation style important?

I have a habit of using two styles of in-text citation: with and without author name(s). The two examples below describe what I mean: (# here represents a bibliography index) "...which is in ...
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How to cite a conference paper in an “extended” journal version?

I recently presented a paper at a conference which was published in its proceedings. Now it is time to submit an "extended" version with "30% new content". The new content isn't a problem, I've ...
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When citing a journal paper, should I use the online publication year or the print publication year?

I want to cite a paper which was published online (Open Access) in 2012 and later published in a printed journal issue in 2013. Which publication year should be used in the citation?
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Removing some citations between initial and final submission of paper

Is it considered bad practice or unethical to remove some references/citations between the initial paper submission and the final one? I submitted an 8-page conference paper, it got peer-reviewed, it ...
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Need help distinguishing between a primary and secondary source

I am trying to figure out if the following article is a primary or secondary source. http://genome.cshlp.org/content/20/5/547.full.pdf I'm leaning towards secondary but here are my cases for both. ...
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What is a fast way to get the reference in a specific style?

For example, if I want to get the reference in APA, what web resources provide this style? I found a way through Refworks, but it requires several steps. Is there a faster way?
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Should I include impact factors / number of citations in publication list? [duplicate]

I am writing a grant application for a post-doctoral fellowship, and I need to provide a publication list. In the list of papers published in peer-reviewed journals, I wonder if I should include the ...
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Should referencing critical comments on papers that have been referenced be obligatory?

Say a paper submitted for publication in a journal by Prof. Bertie Wooster references a paper by Dr Augustus Fink-Nottle, but that paper was the subject of a critical peer-reviewed comment by Prof. ...
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How to quote a draft in my thesis?

For my bachelor thesis I needed a certain source. As it wasn't accessible neither on the net, nor in my library, I decided to ask the author directly. She was kind enough to send me a draft of the ...
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Retrieving the references in a publication automatically

This is probably not 100% on-topic here, but this site is closer to appropriate than others. Let me give it a try: I have collected about 50 publications relevant for a project of mine. For these ...
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Should I cite Conference Papers to acknowledge usage of tools?

I've found that a few tools uses in scientific research, request that if you use them, you add the paper they were discussed in to your bibliography. For example: Theano requests you cite: ...