IEEE Style

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  1. explain why it is important to document sources,
  2. describe different types of commonly used citation styles,
  3. know how to construct and use citations in your own work.


Please watch the following video to learn some key facts about citations. Make sure you take note of the section called “Common Knowledge.”


Check your understanding:

The Importance of Scholarly Sharing:

As you learned in the plagiarism module, by giving credit to your sources you are contributing to the conversation of scholarship!

What does this mean? Citing your sources allows others to conduct further research into your topic by following the same path you took and drawing their own conclusions.  Appropriate sourcing also demonstrates that you are a respectful and diligent researcher, which is essential to your professional reputation.

ncLibraries Citation + Plagiarism Guide:

The ncLibraries Citation + Plagiarism guide is a tool created to help you construct citations successfully. Please review the guide and complete the digital “scavenger hunt” below (all of the answers can be found in the guide):

IEEE Jumble:

Use the Citation + Plagiarism guide to help you choose the correct reference in this IEEE Jumble.

IEEE Citation Guide:

In addition to ncLibraries Citation + Plagiarism guide, the 2018 IEEE Reference Guide is freely available online for users to access.

Users are instructed to consult the Chicago Manual of Style for resources not listed in this guide.

Citation Generators:

There are a number of citation generators available online for free and from library databases.  These are extremely useful tools, but always make sure to proofread your results!



Check your understanding:

Additional Resources: The Learning Portal

Visit College Libraries Ontario’s Learning Portal for further resources on citing and referencing.

In particular, consult the following resources for information on how to incorporate your sources into the body of your essay:


[1] ncLibraries. The Why, Where, and When of Citing. (Oct. 4, 2017). Accessed: Aug. 11, 2020. [Online Video]. Available:

[2] ncLibraries. “Citation + Plagiarism.” ncLibraries and Learning Commons. (accessed Aug. 11, 2020).

[3] IEEE Reference Guide, IEEE Periodicals, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 2018.

[4] Chicago Manual of Style, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill, USA, 2017.

[5] ncLibraries. Citation Generation with ncLibraries. (Dec. 17, 2018). Accessed: Aug. 11, 2020. [Online Video]. Available:

[6] College Libraries Ontario. The Learning Portal. (accessed Aug. 11, 2020)

Further Questions?



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