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A book listing an author named "John Bigbrain, Ph D" appears simply as "Bigbrain, John." Do, however, include suffixes like "Jr." or "II." Putting it all together, a work by Dr. would be cited as "King, Martin Luther, Jr." Here the suffix following the first or middle name and a comma.
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Entries are listed alphabetically by the author's last name (or, for entire edited collections, editor names).
Author names are written with the last name first, then the first name, and then the middle name of middle initial when needed: list titles (Dr., Sir, Saint, etc.) or degrees (Ph D, MA, DDS, etc.) with names.
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Past tense is used for explaining procedures, and present tense is used for generalizations and for stating what the results show.
For memos and letters, most companies prefer the first person active: "I have reviewed the program…" NOT "The program has been reviewed…" Check out the Purdue You Tube Channel for vidcasts on writing engineering reports.