I know this question has been asked before, but I am still confused. That’s why I am asking again, but in a detailed way.
In a scientific work, a master’s thesis for example, you will insert figures and tables. Each figure and each table should be given a caption. For example:
Figure 1.1: This is my first figure in my first chapter.
Table 2.1: This is my first table in my second chapter.
When I am referencing Figure 1.1, I think I have to capitalize it, as it is considered a name:
In Figure 1.1 it can be seen that ...
The same holds for Table 2.1. But how do I reference multiple figures? I’d suggest:
In Figures 1.1 – 1.4 it can be seen that ...
And what about equations, sections and chapters? Let’s say there is an equation:
x + y = z (1)
Personally, I would reference this equation as follows:
In equation (1) it can be seen that ...
I am also not sure whether to use (1) or just 1. I am using lower case letters for everything but figures and tables. So, when referencing a section, I would say:
In section 1.1, it is stated that ...
I am not sure, if this is correct though. I have seen capital letters as well. I have seen abbreviations, such as Fig., Figs., Sec., Chp., Eq., Eqs. and so on. I am an engineer, so the recommended citing style is IEEE. Now, can anyone give me some insight into this trickery?