How to cite e-mail?
jmicales at facstaff.wisc.edu
Mon Dec 4 17:01:17 EST 1995
>One of my students is writing a paper. She got
>information over e-mail from a scientist with
>IBM. She has his permission to quote from the
>message in her paper, but how should she cite
>it? I suggested using "personal communication"
>in the body of the paper, but what about the
>Literature Cited section? I don't remember ever
>giving any citation for personal communications
>in that section.
As you suspect, "personal communications" should be mentioned in the body of
the text but not in the literature cited. Check the "Guide to authors" of
the journal to see if they have any additional requirements. I've seen some
journals that want the text of the "personal communication." I guess they
keep it on file somewhere.
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