In addition to giving credit to the author for using their work, providing citations allows the reader of your work to retrieve your source material. This benefits both you and the reader of your works since it:
- provides evidence to support your work;
- the reader can see how you drew your conclusions and whether or not there is evidence to support your claims; and
- it also gives the reader of your work an opportunity to further their knowledge on your presented topic.
For engineering classes we use the IEEE Editorial Style Manual. For anything not covered in this document. use the Chicago Manual of Style online or check out the paper copies on Course Reserves
Tutorials on citing sources:
Cite sources with Refworks
Cite sources with Zotero