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IEEE Citation Guide

A brief resource to get you familiar with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) citations

Creating a Reference List

The reference section of your paper contains a list of all of the resources that you cited. Here's some things to keep in mind when creating an IEEE reference list:

  • Arrange the list numerically based on the order the citations appeared in your paper.
  • Two or more articles by the same author (or authors) are listed chronologically.
  • The citation number (in brackets) is aligned along the left margin. The text is typically intended 3 spaces.
  • The author(s) name(s) are formatted so the first names’  initials are placed first  followed by last names.
  • The resource title is typed in italics. The first letter of each word in the title is capitalized. 

Example of a reference list utilizing various types of resources:

Citations for Journal Articles

IEEE citation list for journals


Citations for Print Books

IEEE Citations list for books


Citations for Websites, Email, etc.

IEEE citation list for internet objects like websites and email

Example is provided by the IEEE Reference Guide

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