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ENGR 1301: Fundamentals of Engineering

This LibGuide will suggest print and electronic materials in the Cornette Library, as well as reputable internet sources, that will make research for your assignment easier.

General Citation Information

The purpose of citation is to make sure that you give credit to others for their ideas, and to allow your readers to explore those ideas further.

Every citation style will share some basic features:

  • journal articles are identified by author(s), article title, journal title, date of publication, volume and issue, and page numbers
  • books are identified by author(s), publication date, publisher and place of publications, and possibly page and chapter numbers.

The differences among styles are how each of these information pieces is formatted, and the sequence in which they are arranged.

Engineering publications tend to have specific styles for different sub-disciplines.

ASME: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASME reference list rules:

In text references are sequentially numbered, enclosed in brackets: [1].

References are at the end of the paper are formatted:

  1. Reference to journal articles and papers in serial publications should include:
    • last name of each author followed by their initials
    • year of publication
    • full title of the cited article in quotes, title capitalization
    • full name of the publication in which it appears
    • volume number (if any) in boldface (Do not include the abbreviation, "Vol.")
    • issue number (if any) in parentheses (Do not include the abbreviation, “No.”)
    • inclusive page numbers of the cited article (include “pp.”)
  2. Reference to textbooks and monographs should include:
    • last name of each author followed by their initials
    • year of publication
    • full title of the publication in italics
    • publisher
    • city of publication
    • inclusive page numbers of the work being cited (include “pp.”)

American Society of Civil Engineers

For the ASCE reference guidelines, consult the guide Author Services: Journals.

The Basics:

  1. In-text citation is (Author Date)
    Single Author Two Authors Three or More Authors
    (Miller 2005) (Miller and Smith 2005) (Miller et al. 2005)
  2. Reference List Entry
    1. Journal Article Entry
      • Author(s). (Year). "Title of article in sentence style capitalization." Abr. Jrnl. Title, Vol(iss), inclusive page numbers.
      • EXAMPLE:
        • Stahl, D. C., Wolfe, R. W., and Begel, M. (2004). “Improved analysis of timber rivet connections.” J. Struct. Eng., 130(8), 1272-1279.