3michelin
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Citing an ISEF finalist's abstract from a previous year

Postby 3michelin » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:27 pm

Hello there,

If I wanted to cite another student's ISEF abstract from a previous year, could I do this? I am entering an ISEF affiliated fair, and my research project is similar to a few projects done by ISEF finalists in previous years. If I wanted to compare my results to theirs, how would I cite their abstract that appears on the ISEF project database in my reference section. The finalists' abstract is the only information I have about their study because their research is not published. Would I cite it as I would any other piece of information, or is citing another ISEF finalist's work not allowed? Thank you :D .

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Re: Citing an ISEF finalist's abstract from a previous year

Postby MadelineB » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:08 pm

Hello 3Michelin,

In general, you can reference the other student's abstract following the format for referencing other abstracts. However, it would be "best practices" to look at the instructions and the forms for your specific ISEF-affiliated fair. Each science fair has its own set of instructions, rules, and forms. Best to always double-check those specific instructions!

Let us know what you find - and be sure to let us know how you did at the fair!

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Re: Citing an ISEF finalist's abstract from a previous year

Postby 3michelin » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:19 pm

MadelineB,

Thank you so much for the information. My specific ISEF affiliated fair uses the rules for the ISEF finalist competition, and there is nothing that say that you cannot cite other people's abstracts. Once again, thank you, and I will keep you updated :)


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