A citation is a reference to the source of an idea or piece of information. Your citation should allow anyone who sees your reference list to be able to find the original source (book, article, video, etc) you used in your research. Typically, citations include information such as author, title, date, location. Whenever you get information from a source, quote it, or base your ideas on another person's work, you must cite the source in an accepted citation style.
The following citation styles are commonly used at Sheridan College. Check with your instructor to discover which ones are appropriate for your assignments.
To give credit to the author or creator whose ideas/concepts you are using
To show where you found your information, and prove you used credible sources
To add credibility and support to your own argument
To respect creators’ moral rights within the Canadian Copyright Act.
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