Explanation

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:

http://library.curtin.edu.au/referencing/

In-text referencing

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.

Method Example Comments
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 [12]. A number is assigned to a source on its first appearance in a text; subsequent appearances are assigned the same number.
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