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Do I cite books that helped me indirectly?

I am writing my undergrad Bachelor's thesis in computational physics where I do C++ programming. In some C++ books, I read some things that were quite useful during programming, but they do not have a ...
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Convention for references in presentation [duplicate]

I would like to know the convention for adding references in a beamer presentation. There are some ways I can think of: Use "Author(year)" format and assume the audience will consult the paper for ...
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IEEE referencing : Acceptable reference format for personal work log

I’m writing an academic document and I can’t seem to find any specific mention of how to refer to a personal work log. Work logs are essentially to be published journals documenting what happened when ...
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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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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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Citing a Hollywood movie in a scientific paper

I realise this is a bit of a silly question, but I'm writing up a conference paper on a model that's named after a Hollywood movie. What is the appropriate way to cite the movie in the paper? Should ...
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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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Referencing a Tapestry (History)

I would like to reference The Bayeux Tapestry for a paper. Guidelines state to use "standard footnotes" and doesn't dictate any particular system. The Tapestry is located in Bayeux, France and the ...
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Interviewing for tenure track jobs: When will the committee contact your references?

The title says it all. Does the committee typically contact your references (or request that reference letters be sent) a) before you phone interview b) after the phone interview but before the ...
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What kinds of reference letters sound best to letter readers?

Since I'm only starting my mathematical career, I've only ever requested letters from my advisers. So I was wondering what kinds of letters sound good to people reading reference letters? How does a ...
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Good quality bibtex sources for Economics

I work in mathematics, so I normally have available the excellent AMS/Mathscinet and Zentralblatt databases which produce high-quality bibtex entries for my citing needs. However, I am now writing a ...
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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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How to reuse a figure from a patent? Is it free to reuse?

I recently came across a journal article that included and referenced a figure (photograph) from a US patent. I found the patent, and I would like to use the same figure, and I'm wondering who the ...
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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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Applying for PhD while enrolled elsewhere

Im getting rejections from my phd applications and it is rather difficult - emotionally. So, I am doing a 2+3 programme in a non-US country at the moment and I will finish my masters in 4 months or ...
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How can I tell whether it is the volume or the issue number that is given?

If I'm reading a journal article for which the reference for example is stated as "Journal of Examples 3, 74-78 (2014)", how can I tell whether it's the volume or issue number that is given? In many ...
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How to reference a tool or a library in an article?

When using an online library, tool, framework or something similar, what is the proper way to reference it in an article? (I work in Computer Science). For example, I want to say that many popular ...
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How to responsibly apply for more than one PhD position?

My Master thesis is under review, may be it will finish in a week. I had a discussion with my thesis supervisor about a potential PhD position. He applied for a 1 year grant, with my name as student ...
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Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself?

If a student needs a reference letter for graduate admissions or that sort of thing, some profs will ask the student to write a reference letter for themself before sending it off to the prof for ...
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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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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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How to find article from BibTeX? [closed]

My professor sent me a list of articles by their BibTeX references, but I have no idea how to find the papers. I tried Google Scholar and some other sites, I couldn't manage to find the papers. The ...
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Automatically, and freely, download PDFs for a set of references

In EndNote, I know there's an option to automatically download PDF files for the references you have in your library. Is there any way to do the same thing in some kind of non-commercial software, ...
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Usages of “sic” when citing old spelling

I am citing a Dutch work from the late 19th century. Not surprisingly, the spelling differs from the contemporary spelling. In APA, how would I use [sic] in such cases of old spelling? In the ...
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Recommender choice for admission to a MSc program

I am planning to apply for an MSc program in Northern Europe or the UK, starting September 2014, which typically requires two recommendation letters from my former university professors. I have the ...
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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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Referencing Non-Equations (“See Eq. (15)/See Ineq. (15)”)

When I write something like x is a stochastic function of y: x ~ N(2y, 3) (1), how do I refer back to that... non-equation? Do I still put "see Eq. (1)" although (1) is ...
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Literature search: Finding the most reliable data

My problem: I need a value for a specific physical quantity. I found several papers with contradicting numbers. How do I make sure to not miss the most accurate data by e.g. missing the newest ...
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How to deal with particles in a last name in a reference list

Let's say I am citing a person called Emilia Di Martino. How would she go in my MLA reference list? Possibilities I can think of: Martino, Emilia di. Martino, Emilia Di. Di Martino, Emilia. And ...
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What information to put in Bibliography for a Online Course

In preparation for my honours thesis, I recently completed a (free) Online Course on the broader field, presented by a world class expert. I didn't technically complete the course, as it was run 18 ...
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What should be the order of references in a research text?

In many research articles numerical values are used for citing references in the text. I have seen the numbering of such references in pretty weird orders. In some texts, the references are sequenced ...
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Should one refer to the title of an article or to the title of the magazine when the author is unknown (MLA/APA)

I think the title is quite clear. If the author of an article is unknwon, should one refer to the title of the article, or to the magazine itself? The same goes for electronic sources. Let's say ...
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Should one provide a reference list and a bibliography in an academic paper?

I was wondering whether it is good practice to present a reference list (works one actually cites) as well as a bibliography (additional literature that has been used but that is not referred to). Is ...
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Why don't things work with comparisons in reference letters and refereeing?

This recent question How high should I rate a good student for PhD admission? is just an example of how puzzling the problem of writing reference letters is. One knows that there is inflation in the ...
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Use Investment Bank Report as Reference?

I'm writing a thesis on a financial topic and some important arguments for my research can only be found in reports from investment banks, not scholarly sources. I think it's because the topic is very ...
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How large may included parts from other people's work be in an academic paper?

Of course, it is absolutely important to quote all thoughts that did not originate from the author. This makes one think that it would be OK to include works of others when referencing them correctly. ...
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Is it acceptable to have a research paper with no references?

I (an undergrad) and 2 other profs from my department have been working on something and we were thinking of submitting our work to a conference (a pretty well known one) this week. The fact is there ...
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How to automatically import APA references into reference manager?

Related to this question on cross-checking APA citations and references, I often have an existing list of APA formatted references. This might come from a document from a collaborator or it might just ...
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How to check citations and references match in a manually prepared document with APA author (year) citations?

I like to use bibliographic software (e.g., Endnote, BibTex, etc.) to manage my references. However, sometimes I am working on an existing article that has been written with APA citations and ...
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Is there such thing as too many references for one paper?

I'm currently reviewing a paper that has an uncommonly large number of references compared to the average number for that particular venue (more than 60 versus around 30). This is a regular paper, not ...
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Which month to cite?

Which month to cite, the month of acceptance or the month on which the paper was published online? I am using bibtex and a custom bibliographic style where specifying month is not required. However, ...
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When you reference an article, is it always expected that you have actually read it?

Naturally I would say "of course", but my current situation makes me doubt. In my paper I'm briefly covering various alternative cryptographic constructions. I am (of course) familiar with all of ...
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best practices for organizing digital and physical articles

As a thirsty graduate student, I've amassed a burgeoning collection of research articles in both paper and digital formats. Right now I manage pdfs and references with Zotero, but I'm still searching ...
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reviewing a review: Referencing

I have been reading a paper and in the Background section the author said something like: Recent studies suggest that... and then gave a citation. I went to that references section, took the name ...
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What does YEAR: NNff means in research papers? eg 1965: 47ff

I am reading a book called Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, in which there is a section called further reading. It states the following: Chomsky (1965: 47ff, 1980: 234ff, ...
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How to reference studies mentioned in a paper without having to read the original papers?

I'm review the literature at the moment. Now I'm reading a paper that mention other studies. How can I reference them without reading the original papers?
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What should you ask an applicant's reference?

When recruiting a student or post-doc to join my group, I trim down the list of applicants to a few names (3–5) by looking at CV's, research/teaching statements, existing publications, etc. Then, I ...