1 What Is a Citation?
What is a citation?
A citation is a reference to a source of information. You may think that this is something specific to academic discourse only, but we actually use references informally in our daily lives all the time. You are doing this to let the other person know from where you got this information.
Everyday referencing examples
In academic discourse, we are doing a similar type of referencing, but it happens in a more formal and prescribed way through a process called citation. In a citation, you will give very specific key information.
Academic referencing examples
These are in-text references where only very brief information is given, usually the author and the year of publication. Each in-text reference must also have an entry in the reference list at the end of your writeup with more information, so the reader can find the source.
- is a reference to a source of information
- gives specific key information about the source, so the reader can find it
- gives brief information in the text and more detailed information in a reference list at the end