A citation or reference is the information given in a bibliography or a database about a particular title, which often includes:
Citations give credit to those whose ideas have contributed to your research and give your readers enough information to locate the sources you used. There are many ways to format citations. The style you choose depends on your field and the requirements set by your professor or publisher.
Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year of Publication): Page Range. Medium of Publication. Date Accessed.
Ellery, Karen. "Undergraduate Plagiarism: A Pedagogical Perspective." Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 33.5 (2008): 507-516. Print.
Green, Raymond J., Amber Allbritten, and Anna Park. "Prevalence of Careers in Psychology Courses at American Universities." College Student Journal 42.1 (2008): 238-40. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.
Author Last Name, Author First Name. Title of Book. Edition ed. Place of Publication: Publisher Name, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Title of Chapter/Essay." Title of Book/Collection. Ed. Editor(s). Place of Publication: Publisher Name, Year of Publication. Page Range. Medium of Publication.
Shields, Charles J. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. New York: Henry Holt, 2006. Print.
Anson, Chris M., Robert A. Schwegler, and Marcia F. Muth. The Longman Writer's Companion. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2000. Print.
Smith, Paul M. "The Diverse Librarian." An Introduction to Reference Services in Academic Libraries. Ed. Elizabeth Connor. Binghampton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006. 137-140. Print.