How to Cite a Lecture or Lecture Notes in IEEE Referencing

How to Cite a Lecture or Lecture Notes in IEEE Referencing

IEEE referencing is a citation style developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. If you’re using this system in your work, then, it helps to know how to cite different source types. Thus, in this post, we explain how to cite an online lecture or lecture notes in IEEE.

In-Text Citations for a Lecture or Lecture Notes

In IEEE referencing, you cite sources by giving a bracketed number in the main text of your document. For instance:

Galilei and Smith [1] argue that lectures are usually ineffective.

These numbers each point to an entry in a reference list, with the number matching the position of the source in the list. The “1” above, for example, tells us that the author is citing the first source in the reference list here.

Additional rules for citing sources in IEEE referencing include:

  • Number sources consecutively in the order they’re first cited.
  • Use the same number each time you cite a source.
  • If you quote a source with page numbers, include these in the citation.

Full source information, meanwhile, appears in the reference list.

Lecture Notes in an IEEE Reference List

The standard format for lecture notes in a reference list is:

[#] INITIAL(S). Surname. (Year). Title of Lecture [Medium]. Available: URL

If the lecture notes are in print rather than online (e.g., a class handout), you can give the date and location of the lecture instead.

In practice, then, a reference for online lecture notes would look like this:

[1] G. Galilei and T. Smith. (2013). Discourse on Lecture Effectiveness [PowerPoint slides]. Available: http://www.alabamastateuniversity/edu/resouces/

Online Lectures in an IEEE Reference List

Many institutions now have video lectures on the internet. And if you’ve cited an online lecture in your work, the format is a little different:

[#] Name of University. (Year). Title of Lecture. [Medium]. Available: URL

The reference for a lecture would look like this, for instance:

[2] University of Southern Australia. (2019). Teaching Methods: Do Lectures Fail Students? [Online]. Available:

As shown above, moreover, don’t forget to include a small hanging indent for each line after the first in each entry.

We hope you now feel confident citing a lecture or lecture notes in IEEE referencing. If you have any questions, though, feel free to leave a comment below. And if you’d like to have a professional proofreader check your academic work, upload a free trial document today.

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