First of all hi everyone :-) In a formal report should the words and phrases defined in the glossary contain citations? Some of the phrases, that are going to be in the glossary, I know so well I don't need to look them up. Some of the phrases are specific to our business (and even specific to our office). On the other hand I really want to quote something the author says here for a phrase in the glossary. When and how should I site glossary entries, is it only necessary if there's a direct quote?

  • Is there a particular style guide you've been told to follow? If so, which one? Aug 4, 2013 at 19:45
  • @MonicaCellio IEEE reference format.
    – Celeritas
    Aug 6, 2013 at 5:25

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To know what requires citation and what doesn't , please refer this link :


1) Ideas, opinions of your own, sharing common knowledge doesn't require citation.

This link will also be helpful to you : http://www.englishclub.com/writing/plagiarism-citation.htm

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