All research assignments require you to acknowledge information you borrow and to cite your sources.
- Lend credibility to your work
- Provide consistent format
- Acknowledge academic resources
- Avoid plagiarism
A citation is a complete reference to a particular source. A citation usually includes the author, title, and other information needed to find the source.
Citation formats are rules and guidelines to make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication.
Examples: MLA (Modern Language Association)
APA (American Psychological Association)
Chicago Manual of Style
Useful online citation resources: