Citations are what you find in databases and bibliographies. They provide the reader with all of the information needed to identify and find the source of information.
Citing references, or the sources of information used in research, is critical for a number of reasons. Most importantly, writers have an ethical responsibility to indicate when they have used someone else's ideas or words.
Citing references also:
When citing a reference or compiling a bibliography, there are many style choices. Check with your professor to see which style (APA, AMA, MLA, etc.) you should use. LVC's health sciences most often use APA, which is shown in the box to the right.
Refer to this page for more specialized information on citation styles.
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A citation describes a source by providing information about that source (book, article, web page, etc.) in a standard format. It tells:
Article Citation (APA 7th)
Book Citation (APA 7th)