In my masters thesis I need to cite from "NIST Special Publication 800-22". We are to use IEEE referencing style and I am using an online LaTeX editor to get this done.

Now that this document I need to refer to is a PDF document, I have no idea what is the type of the document that I should treat it as. Is that okay if I treat it as an article? Or else is there any other type that it should fall under?

  • Perhaps a “report” is more suites for a NIST publication. – The Guy Apr 13 '19 at 13:59
  • @TheGuy I am currently going with that choice actually.. but I need something profound. Thank you very much for your time.. :) Much appreciated! – Romeo Sierra Apr 13 '19 at 14:04
  • I can get it on a google scholar search. If you click on the "quotes", it’ll show you how to cite it and you can opt for bibtex if that’s what you need. Be warned, though, they’re not always perfect (but will give enough information for others to find your reference). – Pam Apr 13 '19 at 16:02

At least in my field, NIST special publications and technical notes are cited as handbooks or reports. In particular, I'd cite that as follows:

A. Rukhin et al., "A Statistical Test Suite for Random and Pseudorandom Number Generators for Cryptographic Applications", NIST Special Publication 800-22, US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, April 2010.

  • Thank you! Much appreciated.. :) – Romeo Sierra Apr 14 '19 at 3:28

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