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Referring to oneself or itself: The biographer's account of the poet's life was surprisingly self-referential.

self′-ref′er·ence n.
self′-ref′er·en′tial·ly adv.


reference made to oneself, to one's own character or experience, or to a group with which one identifies.
self′-referen′tial, self′-refer′ring, adj.
usage: Social, ethnic, or other groups often use terms of self-reference in a neutral, even affectionate or jocular way, much like nicknames. However, when used by outsiders, these very same terms may be perceived as highly offensive. Examples of self-referential terms are nigger, geek, Canuck, conch, queer.
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As Moreno (2007) points out, "with self reference promotion, a [sic] public television re-creates the values of that institution into two social systems: the market and the democratic scheme" (p.
080 Table 5 Relationship between total citations and self citations, and between total references and self references for integrative and complementary medicine journals in 2006.