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For example, we use pp. 4-7 for pages from 4 to 7 and ch. 2 for chapter 2, but how should we cite a subsection of a book when a chapter is divided into multiple subsections, e.g. 2.1, 2.2, ... in a way that's compatible with IEEE writing style?

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how should we cite a subsection of a book when a chapter is divided into multiple subsections, e.g. 2.1, 2.2, ...

Rather than citing the entire book, e.g., [1], you can cite a particular subsection, e.g., [§2.1, 1], [§2.2, 1], ..., meaning section 2.1, 2.1, ... of [1]. With Latex, you can use \cite[\S2.1]{X}.

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  • Thanks, but I was looking to see if there are special characters for subsections like ch. is for chapter or pp. is for pages or p. for page, etc. – Friendly Fella Jan 30 at 1:37
  • @FriendlyFella I've given that symbol: §. – user2768 Jan 30 at 8:16
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Going by this description of the IEEE citation style, you would just cite the page range, like this:

Chapter in book

[2] L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55-70.

It doesn't seem to be necessary to give the exact chapter/section number.

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  • I don't understand the downvote, since this is what the citation style guide says you should do. – ObscureOwl Jan 30 at 14:16
  • Would someone explain why this answer is downvoted? I accepted the other answer, because it suggests using "§" for sections and that is concisely what I was looking for, but I don't see why this answer would be wrong. – Friendly Fella Jan 31 at 1:26

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