Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2016     Views: 1318

A citation is basically a roadmap to a source (article, book, website, etc.).   Most citations will include author(s), publication date and title(s), with additional information (like volume, issue and page numbers) added, depending on the source type.

Citations are formatted in very uniform ways (varying by academic discipline), to make it easy for researchers to find the information they need at a glance.  

  • To learn why it's important to cite your sources, click here

Watch a brief video from the University of Toronto Mississauga (below).

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