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I have a paragraph about a specific method used by an author and I am wondering where in that paragraph I should put my inline citation.

The paragraph in question goes something like this, where steps to complete the method is several sentences summarizing the paper.

The Harman method was devised by T. C. Harman .... steps to complete the method .... Harman showed that ZT could be computed from eq. (2.1)

Where should I put the citation? I see three options:

  1. at the beginning (right after the name)
  2. at the end of the first sentence
  3. at the end of the paragraph

Or some combination of the three options above. I am using IEEE citation format.

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I feel that it is best to cite once for each unique referent. In your case, you are referring first to a set of methods, and later to a result. Thus I would write

The Harman method (Harman, DATE) was devised by T. C. Harman .... steps to complete the method .... Harman showed that ZT could be computed from eq. (2.1) (Harman, DATE)

  • Do you mean that "methods was" is intentional? – Massimo Ortolano May 14 '15 at 18:28
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    No, I just copied the OP's text. Fixed. – Corvus May 14 '15 at 19:59
  • It might be better to fix it the other way round, afaik there is only one Harman method for the determination of the figure of merit ZT of a thermoelectric material. I'm not sure however whether there are more papers to be cited. – Massimo Ortolano May 14 '15 at 20:33

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