Is it acceptable to be very specific in IEEE-style citations (always providing the section or paragraph)?
In the IEEE Reference Guide, there are examples on how one can use IEEE-style citations to refer to which part of the reference the reader should look at.
Doing some research, I learnt that, when citing a work using other styles, one may be specific about which part of the work they want to reference (example).
More specifically, I am considering using citations that look like this:
- [1, Para. 1]
- [2, Abs.]
- [3, Sec. 1]
- [2, Review and Suggestions sec.]
The details about which section or paragraph readers should look for has the benefit of making it easier to find that part in the reference.
However, I have not seen this used much. Such citations could make the paper look cluttered and perhaps reading would be cumbersome for people not interested in the citations.
Is it, in the end, bad practice?