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What is a Citation?

A citation is reliable way to lead your reader back to the materials you used in your research.

A citation gives credit to an author for their research, writings and ideas.

Most citations include information such as

  • author's name,
  • title of the book, article or website, 
  • name of the magazine or journal, 
  • date published or updated
  • if the information was found in print or online

When you use citations you are

  • giving credit to the authors of material you used,
  • avoiding plagiarism,
  • showing that you know how to use information well,
  • creating credibility for your paper by providing good quality sources and good quality citations for them.

Examples of APA Citations and Guidelines for Citations

How Do I Deal With? Quick Answers for Citation Problems

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NoodleTools - Getting Started with Noodle Tools

NoodleToolsNoodleTools can help you . . .

  • create citations in a step by step process .
  • format and save your citations online.
  • create an outline for your paper
  • create note cards for your paper
  • share your sources with members of your research group or your professor.