Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Cite Sources

Resources for mechanical engineering and materials science

Citation Style

Instructors and commercially published journals will use different styles, so check the your instructor or a journal’s home page for the style they use.

Citing ChatGPT or other AI Tools

The ASME and IEEE have not published official recommendations on citing ChatGPT and other AI generated content.

ASME publication guidelines include this note: "ASME primarily uses a form of the Chicago Manual of Style for reference format."

According to the IEEE Editorial Style Manual for Authors, for grammar and usage not included in the manual, authors should consult The Chicago Manual of Style.

For more information see the Library's page on Using and Citing Generative AI

Citation Management Tool: Zotero

Zotero is a citation management application that allows you to collect book and article citations from the library catalog and other databases. Zotero also connects with your word processor (MS Word, Google Docs, Libre Office) to insert in text citations and generate a reference list in your selected citation style. 

See the library guide, Manage Citations with Zotero, on how to use this tool. The Library provides workshops and support for Zotero.