By citing, you are letting your readers, including your professors, know where you got your information, ideas, or thoughts from and, at the same time, you are crediting the author for the original information.
"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,"(http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation)
Basic elements of a Citation for an Article
This is an example for a journal article in APA format
Example: To cite an Article
Author: last name, initial of first name.(Date). (Date article was published enclosed in parentheses followed by a period) Title of Article (followed by a period) Journal (Title of Journal (that is the Source in italics), Volume, Issue, and Pages.
Basic elements of a Citation for a Book
Basic elements of a Citation for a Website
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