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:
FROM: What Is Citation? Plagiarismorg RSS. (n.d.). https://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-citation.
It is important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
There are a few main styles for citing sources, so check with your instructor about which style to use for your research.
APA, American Psychological Association, is used for scientific and technical research. Instructors in behavioral science and hard science courses may require you to use APA style for your references or bibliography page.
MLA, Modern Language Association, is used for research on general topics and literary criticism. Most instructors in English and Developmental Studies classes will require you to use MLA style.
A few instructors prefer Chicago Manual of Style. This style is used primarily in history and other social science research.