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Master Reference Rules of Book Citation in IEEE

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What is IEEE Book Citation & Why It Matters

Although the IEEE style format is not as popular and famous as MLA, APA, or Chicago, it still takes an important niche in academic research writing, various technical subjects, and data science, in particular. Named after the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard, it is a very precise format. If you are already familiar with Chicago style for your university assignments, mastering IEEE will not be too challenging. 

Since the majority of IEEE sources relate to print sources and online publications, knowing IEEE book citation rules is crucial for completing one’s research paper right. Just remember the format’s definite characteristic, which is using the numbering format for citations and inclusion of reference numbers right in your research paper’s text in the square brackets instead of superscripts numbering as it is done in Chicago. 

Speaking of the Bibliography page, all the source information goes there just like a classic Reference page after the respective number that has been used for the quote. Turning to our IEEE Book citation guide, you can learn by example and master this important writing style in no time!

Specifics of IEEE Citation for Books

The best part about the IEEE citation for any source, including the books, is that you do not have to suffer dealing with the in-text citations. In practice, there is no need to mention any author’s last name or the title. The only writing part that must be done is adding a number that you need by placing it in the square brackets. This number that you put in a text relates to an entry in your Bibliography page. It makes it easy to read and helps your audience to understand what kind of source you are talking about.

The only important thing is keeping the numbering precise and making sure that there are no mistakes. In practice, it goes this way when you cite in your research paper: 

According to the latest survey, most SSD drives do not contain the vibration, which ensures that mechanical parts are… [1]. 

Now the Bibliography example will look this way: 

[1]. R. James, The Mechanical Vibrations of Data Mediums. London: Penguin Books Publishing, 2017. 

As you can see, the [1] in square brackets is a reference to the first entry that you must have in your References. 

The full citation must contain all the available information that will let your reader find the source and understand where you are coming from. The basic IEEE citation book template follows this format

[Your number] Author’s Initial(s). Last Name, Title of the Book, xth ed. City where the book was published, (U.S. State or Country if the city is not among the most common): Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx. 

If you have a book edition information present, it is the “xth ed.” part that you must fill in with “2nd ed.” or any other number.

Various Types of Book Citations IEEE

Basic Structure (Printed Book)

Now we have to follow this template:

[1] Author’s First/Middle Name Initials. Last Name, Title in Italics, xth ed. City where the book was published: Publisher, Year, pp. 
[1] D. Davis and E. Patronis, Sound System Engineering. Oxford: Focal, 2013.

Online Books, Monographs

[2] Author’s First/Middle Name Initials. Last Name, Title in Italics, xth ed. City where the book was published: Publisher, Year, pp. Accessed on: Abbreviated Month Day, Year.​ [Online]. Available: site (DOI:xxx, Database or URL)
[2]R. Dean and R. Dalrymple, Water Wave Mechanics for Engineers and Scientists:  Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering, Seattle, WA: World Scientific, 1991. Available: 10.1142/1232 [Accessed 23 August 2020].

Translated Book

[3] A.B. Last Name, “Title” in Title of Published Book, X. Editor, Ed., xth ed. City: Publisher (in Language), year. 
[3] D. Ephraim, Tow-Truck Pluck 2001, Amsterdam: Pluk van de Petteflet (in Dutch), 1971.

Book With Chapter Title

[4] Initial(s) Last Name, “Chapter of the Book,” in Book, Vol. x, Initial(s) Last Name and Initial(s) Last Name, Eds. City: Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx. 
[4] A. V. Cummings, “Soundwave Transmission,” in Sound Engineering, vol. 4. R. E. Wells and J. D. Holmes, Eds. New York: Macmillan, 2016, pp. 34–47.

Book With Editor(s)

[5] Initial(s) Last Name, Book, Vol. x, Initial(s) Last Name and Initial(s) Last Name, Eds. City: Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx. 
[5] S. C. Jones, Psychoacoustics, T. N. McCartney and J. B. Fletcher, Eds. Los Angeles: Berkeley Press, 2019, pp. 11–19.

Book With Series Title, Volume Title, and Edition

[6] Initial(s) Last Name, Title, x ed., vol. x. City, Country: Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx. 
[6] C.N. O’Neal, Engineering of The Wind Turbines, 3rd ed., vol. 3. Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville Press, 2019, pp. 34-36.

A Number of Authors Book Citing in IEEE

No Author

If your source has no author, IEEE books quote goes this way:

[x] Title in italics, x ed. City: Publisher, Year. 
[7] Data Science Rules, 14th ed. London: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

One Author

[x] First Initial(s). Last Name, Title in Italics, x ed. City: Publisher, Year. 
[7] R.C. Call, Mechanical Engineering Safety, 3rd ed. New York: Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Two or Three Authors

[x] Initial(s) Last Name and Initial(s) Last Name, Title in Italics, x ed. City: Publisher, Year. 
[8] V.R. Moog and J. Sawyer, Sound Waves Correlation, 2nd ed. Den Hague, NL: Texel Press, 2018.

Four to Six Authors

[x] Initial(s) Last Name, B. Last Name, C. Last Name, and D. Last Name, Title in Italics. x. ed. City: Publisher, Year. 
[9] A. Hasbro, D. N. Samuelson, R. Woods, and F. King, Modular Synthesis Assembly. Santa Monica, CA: Sound Engineering Press, 2003.

More Than Six Authors

[x] Initial(s) Last Name et al., Title in Italics. City: Publisher, Year, pp. xxx-xxx. 
[10] M. J. Stipe et al., Environmental Engineering Ethical Practices. London: Wayne Inc, 2008, pp. 211-221.

FAQ

How to cite a book with page numbers in IEEE?

The pages are added after the year as in this example: 

[x] Initial. Last Name, Title in italics, x ed. City: Publisher, Year, pp. x-x. 
[11] R. Tomlin, Transwave Tables. Johannesburg: Pretorius Press, pp. 34-36.

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Is it required to write “Accessed Date” for electronic books?

While it is not necessary, it is specified if the electronic book had several updates. See if it is your case and decide.

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