I would like to reference some material from Android documentation (such as Sensor Events and Sensors Overview) into my M.Sc thesis, talking about the details of sensor services in Android.

What is the appropriate way of referencing such material? Should I use endnotes or footnotes? If using endnotes, what's the standard style?

I am using LaTeX and BibTeX for citations.

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Given that the documentation is online (and apparently exclusively online), I would cite the website in question.

Google and Open Handset Alliance n.d. Android API Guide. http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html. Accessed May 19, 2015.

See also this other question.

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    Thank for the response Koldito. Should I assume that it's better to use the same overall reference for anything from Android Documentation or it's better to use references fro different pages?
    – svahidhoss
    May 23, 2015 at 21:58
  • That it as difficult question. The answer depends on whether you want to consider the whole guide as a single document (with each page being a different "section") or whether you want to say that each page is an independent document. Personally, I would go for the first option, but I think you are more knowledgeable than me on this particular issue.
    – Koldito
    May 23, 2015 at 22:47
  • What about "Author" of a document, should it be Android or whom?
    – Amt87
    Feb 19, 2020 at 4:00

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