In my report I introduce a topic that is good background information for my report but not crucial. To try and shorten the length of my report, rather than summarizing another paper I'd like to leave a statement that says "if you'd like to know more, read this paper", like: "For a more in-depth explanation of these strategies, read [paper] by [author] or visit [website]."

Perhaps this is bad practice? The sentence in quotes doesn't look right to me and I'd like to know if there's a better way to do it.

The report is very informal but I can see myself having this question later on with a more formal piece of writing. Bonus: does the answer change if I will be referring someone to a website/online pdf?

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    This is exactly one of the uses of a citation. – Nate Eldredge Sep 6 '17 at 3:52
  • To me a citation is an attribution of a source to a statement made in the paper. What I'm trying to do is bypass making the statement and simply tell the reader where the information could be found. Perhaps I'm seeing a difference where there isn't any. Would a statement like "For a more in-depth explanation of these strategies, read <paper> by <author> or visit <website>." be considered a citation? If so then I'm wrong and this question is about citations. In essence though my issue is that the sentence in quotes doesn't look right to me and I'd like to know if there's a better way to do it. – zach Sep 6 '17 at 4:11
  • Write something like "XYZ provides an overview of ABC." For web sources, you should use a footnote rather than a citation (in many styles). (Note that websites disappear frequently.) – user2768 Sep 6 '17 at 4:21
  • If I were to be as as succinct as "XYZ provides an overview of ABC" is it ok to assume my readers are smart enough to search my citation list for something written by XYZ? Some of my dissonance is coming from wanting to include some sort of direct link in the paper to where they can find the information (hyperlink/url, publisher) but also have the sentence be readable. A footnote with author, paper and url might be a good option? – zach Sep 6 '17 at 4:33

This is a fairly common kind of citation. Here are some examples, so you can choose one that sounds good to you:

In Baker, Mona. "Corpora in translation studies: An overview and some suggestions for future research." Target. International Journal of Translation Studies 7.2 (1995): 223-243. -

(For a more detailed overview of text processing operations, see Sinclair 1991a.)

In Sederberg, Thomas W., and Scott R. Parry. "Free-form deformation of solid geometric models." ACM SIGGRAPH computer graphics 20.4 (1986): 151-160. -

This paper assumes that the reader is familiar with Bezier curves and surface patches. Necessary background can be found in [Boehm '84]. Basic understanding of solid modeling is also presumed, such as discussed in [Requicha '82].

In Vese, Luminita A., and Tony F. Chan. "A multiphase level set framework for image segmentation using the Mumford and Shah model." International journal of computer vision 50.3 (2002): 271-293. -

For more recent and general expositions on the level set method and applications, we refer the reader to Sethian (1999), Osher and Fedkiw (2001, to appear).

In Rothlauf, Franz. "Representations for genetic and evolutionary algorithms." Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2006. 9-32. -

For a more detailed overview about different types of representations see Bäck et al. (1997, Sect. C1).

In Abraham, Farid F., et al. "Instability dynamics of fracture: a computer simulation investigation." Physical Review Letters 73.2 (1994): 272. -

We refer the reader to Allen and Tildesley [10], Hoover [11], or Abraham [12] for a treatment of the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation technique, including the many procedures for implementing it.

In Kak, Avinash C., and Malcolm Slaney. Principles of computerized tomographic imaging. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2001. -

Interested readers should also consult the paper by Crawford and King [Cra90] and the special issue of Transactions on Medical Imaging [Wan00] for an overview of current approaches.

It can even be a brief parenthetical. See for example Brown, Judy, and Michael Fraser. "Approaches and perspectives in social and environmental accounting: an overview of the conceptual landscape." Business Strategy and the Environment 15.2 (2006): 103-117. -

Indeed, legitimacy theory is one of the most widely used frameworks in explaining why organizations voluntarily engage in SEA (see Deegan, 2002, for an overview of this literature).

Note that in all of these examples, the reference is treated as a normal citation, using the same citation style as all the others in the paper and referring to a source that is included in the list of references.

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