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what is a citation

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Answered By: Kimberly Boyd
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017     Views: 16

A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

  • information about the author
  • the title of the work
  • the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source
  • the date your copy was published
  • the page numbers of the material you are borrowing

There are two parts to every citation the in-text citation and the reference entry on your references page at the end of your paper. 

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