Answered By: Julie Shen
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016     Views: 461

The 8th edition of A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate Turabian (2013) does not offer examples of citing source code.

To fill this gap, I've created a few examples to show some possible ways to cite source code by adapting from existing formats. Keep in mind the following examples are for the author-date format.

Source Code from Print

These examples follow the same format for citing a chapter or other parts of a book (sections 19.1.9 and, with the addition of the words "source code" at the end.

Milette, Greg, and Adam Stroud. 2012. "Chapter 11: Near Field Communication (NFC)." In
      Professional Android Sensor Programming, 219-254. Somerset, NJ: Wiley. Source code.

Sakr, Sherif, and Anna Liu. 2012. "Chapter 5: Large-Scale Data Management Techniques in
      Cloud Computing Platforms." In Data-Intensive Computing: Architectures, Algorithms,
      and Applications
, edited by Ian Gorton and Deborah K. Gracio, 85-123. West Nyack, NY:
      Cambridge University Press. Source Code.

Source Code on Media

These examples follow the format for a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM (section 19.5.8), with the words "source code on CD-ROM" replacing "CD-ROM" or "DVD-ROM."

NetBSD 6.1.2. 2013. Source code on CD-ROM. The NetBSD Foundation.

Press, William, Saul Teukolsky, William Vetterling, and Brian Flannery. 2002. Numerical
      Recipes Multi-Language Code. Source code on CD-ROM. New York, NY: Cambridge
      University Press.

Source Code Online

This example follows the format for a website (section 19.7.1), with the addition of the words "source code" at the end.

Apache OpenOffice. 2013. "Apache OpenOffice: The Free and Open Productivity Suite."
      Accessed November 14, 2013. Source code.

Questions? Please contact 

Julie Shen
Computer Science Librarian 
(909) 869-4330

Comments (2)

  1. Hi Julie: I was wondering if you have any advice for how to get Microsoft Words Citation Editor to output the reference in the format you specified. I'm getting the following output using Turabian 6th Ed. for a website: "OpenCV KeyPoint". 2013. Source Code. (accessed August 16th, 2013). Thanks for any help!
    by James on Nov 17, 2013.
  2. Hi James,

    Your output looks fine. Another alternative is to include the words in parenthesis in the title of the webpage, such as "OpenCV KeyPoint (Source Code)".

    I looked at Microsoft Word's Reference Manager and wasn't able to locate a field where you could type in "Source code" and have it show up in the same sequence as my example, which I hope everyone understands is just a suggestion, and not official style guidance.

    The important thing is to let your readers know you are referring to the source code, and you're definitely doing that.

    Hope this helps,

    Julie Shen
    Computer Science Librarian
    Cal Poly Pomona
    by Julie Shen on Nov 18, 2013.

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