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What is a Citation?

Cite It Right!

What is a citation?

A citation is all the information about a given source organized according to a standard format or citation style guide.

MLA, APA and Chicago Style are used in classes at Oakton College.

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

Using citations gives credit to an author or creator for their research, writings and ideas.

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