|Why use references?||A properly prepared reference to the literature shows that you have done your background research and enables another person to locate your source of information.|
|How do you refer to other sources?||You can use an author/date system or a numbering system. Choose one and be consistent.|
|How do you make a reference list?||Provide bibliographic details of all the references you mentioned (cited) in your report at the end of the report (not the ones you may have read but didn't mention).|
Various reference styles are used throughout Chemical Engineering because it is a very multi-disciplinary field (areas covered include chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, etc). As a result, there is no one absolutely accepted referencing style.
A good site describing the details of the different styles of referencing can be found here:
One widely used style, which you can use in your coursework, is described here:
The table below shows the way basic in-text references are done. Either method is acceptable, but your choice will affect the format of the reference list.
|Author/date||Process intensification is a strategy for making dramatic reductions in the size of a chemical plant so as to reach a given production objective (Ramshaw, 1995).||Author’s name and date of publication are inserted each time the source is referred to.|
|Number||Process intensification is a strategy for making dramatic reductions in the size of a chemical plant so as to reach a given production objective .||A number is assigned to a source on its first appearance in a text; subsequent appearances are assigned the same number.