Citing or Referencing CADD Drawings?

Subject: Citing or Referencing CADD Drawings?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: writerstone -at- cox -dot- net, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 15:48:20 -0400

Anne Davis wondered: <<Can anyone please tell me the proper way to cite (in the text) or reference (in the bibliography) the name of a CADD drawing or blueprint (e.g., italics, quotation marks, underline, or none of the above)? I've checked all the major style guides, including Gregg and Chicago, but cannot find an example. Such drawings are often attached to reports but also are stored in public areas (such as a city survey department) for public use.>>

Where a format isn't already specified in your style guide, it's easy to create a reference style that's consistent with the rest of your references if you remember the purpose of such things: to help someone obtain their own copy.

To achieve that goal, you need to know the following information: who created the document (the author), the year in which it was created (because this may be the only distinction between otherwise identical things like annual reports and may be how the publisher or document repository files the item), the title of the document, the name and location of the publisher, and any reference number (including a version or edition) assigned to the document.

So for a drawing, an example might be the following*:
Davis, A. 2006. Blueprint of CADD system. Publisher, city, state. Blueprint No. 2006-200, version 2.

* Modified as necessary to reflect your other styles; for example, the date might come last. If there's no author, use the corporate author, "Anon.", or the publisher name. If there's no title, a generic title might be "Blueprint" or [description], with the square brackets meaning that there is no actual title.

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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)
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