How to cite references in your research paper ?
While citing references in a research document, the doctoral student/researcher needs to pay special attention to a few most important points. The very first point that needs special attention is to cite only the original sources. You should make it a point to do some extra library work using the extensive bibliographic search power of the Internet. As you hunt for connected scientific papers, remember to look for contrasting as well as supportive reports. Make it a point to cite only the sources that relate directly to your particular region of study, so that your bibliographic list is deep but not overly broad. Avoid citing review articles and general books. The best use of broad reference articles is as a way for you to identify the major original scientific reports, which you should then read and cite.
You should never cite incomplete sources such as abstracts because these often contain preliminary information and early speculation based on incomplete data. Also, avoid citing “personal communications”. However, if you feel that this form of information is essential to your report, list the full name and address of the source and the date you received the information and provide the journal with written permission from the source. While citing references in your paper, you may use any of the two citation formats viz. the first one in which the complete bibliographic format is used in the References section at the end of the paper and the second one in which a brief citation format is used in the body of the text. I am sure by keeping these points in mind; you will surely be able to come up with a brilliant piece of research work.