I am working on a thesis in the Engineering field and I came across the problem of citing datasheets, technical documents, test reports, application notes, reference designs... that the manufacturers of integrated circuits publish.

The problem to cite those documents in IEEE style are:

  • Usually there is no author, but a company (e.g. Texas Instruments)
  • These documents are not a book, article... with a clearly defined citation template
  • They are usually identified by a code (e.g. LM555) that corresponds to the integrated circuit part number. Finding the document on the internet is easier searching for the specific code (LM555) than for the title of the document or part (Highly Stable 555 Timer)

Therefore, I think that incluiding the part number or code is essential for providing a good reference, but I don't know how to insert it in the citation, plus, reference tracking software like Zotero or EndNote do not include any special field for storing this codes.

So far the resources I have found on the topic are:

For further clarification, the types of documents I would like to cite are:

Any suggestions on how to cite appropriately these documents or how to store them in a citation software will be very much appreciated. Please, share your views on the topic.

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I cite datasheets as manuals. For example, I recently cited the LTC3600. My experience is with biblatex and JabRef. In JabRef I can choose the 'manual' type and can fill in the organisation, datasheet title, url, and use a (part) number. I believe that most citation managers have a field for 'number', you can use this for part codes.

The resultant biblatex code can look like this:

  title        = {{15V}, {1.5A} Synchronous Rail-to-Rail Single Resistor Step-Down Regulator},
  year         = {2011},
  number       = {LTC3600},
  note         = {Rev. D},
  organization = {Linear Technology},
  url          = {https://www.analog.com/media/en/technical-documentation/data-sheets/3600fd.pd},

And the output in IEEE style like this:

I believe this is similar to the Tex SE answer you linked.

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