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Feagan: GSTR 210 (Fall 2024)

What is a Citation?

What is a citation?

A citation gives researchers basic information about the creation of a document or work of art.

It tells you:

  • Who created it
  • What it is called
  • When it was published or created
  • Where it was published or created

Why are citations important?

  • A citation can help you find additional sources for your research.
  • A citation gives credit to the author/creator whose work you’ve used.
  • A list of citations will form your bibliography or works cited, usually required of your assignment.

An entire book, in MLA format

Citation example: Book Chapter, MLA style

Citation example: Journal Article, MLA style