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Computer Science Research Guide

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" --Einstein

Computer Science Style Guide suggestions

Computer Science Style Guide Suggestions

Collect a basic set of information for each one of your references, and then format this information to match an accepted Bibliographic Style (ACM, APA or IEEE). On this page you will find a list of the information that is needed, along with several examples.

ACM = Association of Computing Machinery
Sample citation [Phillips 2001]
List References alphabetically, using the author's last name.

APA = American Psychology Association
Sample citation (Raskin, 2002)
List References alphabetically, using the author's last name.

IEEE = Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Sample citations [1], [8]
List References numerically, in the order that you have cited them.

Once you select a style, keep all of your references in the same style.

Guidelines, Forms & Templates

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Citation Managers

Many in the Dal community have been using RefWorks as their citation manager. Please note that our contract with RefWorks ends in April 2020 - the Dal community will not have access to RefWorks after this date.

Information about alternatives to RefWorks can be found in the Citation Manager Research Guide.


Zotero is a free tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It is a plug-in for the Firefox browser - to use it, you need to download and install it.