This guide contains information about the following citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. You can find specific examples and formatting help within each style's tab on the left.
Simply put, a citation is a reference to a published source.
Whenever you use someone else's words (direct quotation) or put their ideas into your own words (paraphrase), you must cite the original source. This will allow your instructor, and any other reader, to locate the sources referenced in your assignment. A complete citation generally includes the author, title, publication date, page numbers and more depending on the citation style and the type of resource.