Citation is a serious business! You must do it right!
You must use full citation for all the references
in all your write-ups. Below are the requirements (and in
the order of appearance in a reference).
- You must include the names of authors in the order
they appear in the paper. You must not use
something like "first author, et al".
You can replace first name and middle name by
initials, but you must not ommit them if they
appeared in the paper.
- Paper Title
- You must include the full title of the paper. If the
title has multiple parts, you must include all parts.
- Where Published
- You must name the journal, conference, workshop, or
symposium where the paper was published. For a
conference, workshop, or symposium paper, you should
say, "In proceedings of ...". For a journal paper or
a book, you should say, "In ...". If it's a tech
report, you should provide the tech report number and
the department name and the university/research
- If it's a conference, workshop, or symposium paper,
you should include the location where the conference,
workshop, or symposium was held, if available.
- If it's a book, you must include the name of the
- You must include the year. If you have month
information, you should include it.
For other types of publications (such as web publications
or white papers of organizations/companies), you should try
your best to provide the above information. If some are not
applicable or available, you may skip them. If some
additional information is crucial for locating the document,
please add them.
There are plenty of good examples from the journal and conference
papers you are reading or citing. But in case you are not sure
about something, please send an e-mail to the TA or the instructor.