What is a Citation?
A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:
Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:
When to Cite?
Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following situations almost always require citation:
"What is a Citation?." Plagiarism.org. iParadigms, LLC, 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015. http://www.plagiarism.org/.
APA style was created by the American Psychological Association. It is a set of rules for publications, including research papers.
In APA, you must cite sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise refer to in your research paper.
Cite your sources in two places:
This research guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). The contents are accurate to the best of our knowledge. Some examples illustrate Seneca Libraries' recommendations and are marked as modifications of the official APA guidelines.
|Citing||The process of acknowledging the sources of your information and ideas.|
|DOI||Some electronic content, such as online journal articles, is assigned a unique number called a Digital Object Identifier (D O I or doi). Items can be tracked down online using their doi.|
|In-Text Citation||A brief note at the point where information is used from a source to indicate where the information came from. An in-text citation should always match more detailed information that is available in the Reference List.|
|Paraphrasing||Taking information that you have read and putting it into your own words.|
|Plagiarism||Taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another.|
|Quoting||The copying of words of text originally published elsewhere. Direct quotations generally appear in quotation marks and end with a citation.|
|Reference||Details about one cited source.|
|Reference List||Contains details on ALL the sources cited in a text or essay, and supports your research and/or premise.|
|Retrieval Date||Used for websites where content is likely to change over time (e.g. Wikis), the retrieval date refers to the date you last visited the website.|