I have seen posts on citing documents, but none of them have specified IEEE format in particular. So here is my question. How do I cite technical reference manuals and software user guides in the IEEE format for references?

  • Which IEEE journal or conference are you writing this paper for? That venue's site should have instructions on details beyond simply using the IEEE citation style in LaTeX. Dec 10, 2015 at 17:10
  • I am writing my Masters thesis
    – shaam
    Dec 10, 2015 at 19:44
  • I would talk to your school then. They will have further information, but I doubt they care too much one way or the other as long as it looks presentable. Dec 10, 2015 at 20:59

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The IEEE Style guide gives the following format for citing reports:

The general form for citing technical reports is to place the name and location of the company or institution after the author and title and to give the report number and date at the end of the reference. Basic Format:

[1] J. K. Author, “Title of report,” Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, Country, Rep. xxx, year

For handbooks:

[1] Name of Manual/Handbook, x ed., Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, year, pp. xx-xx.

And online sources:

[1] J. K. Author. (year, month day). Title (edition) [Type of medium]. Available: http://www.(URL)

For example:

[1] J. Jones. (1991, May 10). Networks (2nd ed.) [Online]. Available: http://www.atm.com

Examples for manuals/software:

[1] L. Breimann. (2003). Manual on Setting Up, Using, and Understanding Random Forests v4.0. [Online]. Available: http://oz.berkeley.edu/users/breiman/Using_random_forests_v4.0.pdf, Accessed on: Apr. 16, 2014.

[2] M. Kuhn. The Caret Package. (2012) [Online]. Available: http://cranr-project.org/web/packages/caret/caret.pdf

Side note: this answer comments that in BibLatex you can use @software to generate the correctly formed citation. I'm not sure however if this is supported by the IEEE style templates.

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