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What is a Citation?

When someone asks you, "Where did you get those shoes?" and you answer, "I got them at Payless," you are citing your source.

When you cite information in your homework or papers, you are doing the same thing: You are telling everyone where you got it.

How do you do this?

You cite information by keeping track of where you got it from. Document what books you used, what journal articles, and what Web sites. Write down complete citation information for each item you use. What is complete citation information? I'm glad you asked!

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