Citation: its significance

What is citation?

According Wikipedia, citation can be defined as a reference to published or unpublished sources (not always the original source). Citation also known as information about a publication book, journal article, video, etc.), that allows someone to identify and locate that publication. Citations for books usually contain the author’s name, the book’s title, place of publication and date of publication. Citation also known as “acknowledgement”. Citations for journal articles usually include the author and title of the article, the title of the journal, the volume number, page numbers and date of publication. Citation content can vary depending on the type of source and may include book, journal, newspaper, website and other on.

Citation also as a reference in the text of the thesis must appear in a reference list or bibliography. It is because to identify and to help readers or student find the sources they used. A citation can appear in different formats within the text (in-text citation) at the bottom of the page (footnotes), or at the end of the paper (endnotes). Different disciplines use different formats. The mechanics of citing are complicated, and vary in each format.

Citation styles can be broadly divided into styles common to the Humanities and the Sciences, though there is considerable overlap. Some style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, are quite flexible and cover both parenthetical and note citation systems. Others, such as MLA and APA styles, specify formats within the context of a single citation system. These may be referred to as citation formats as well as citation styles. The various guides thus specify order of appearance, for example, of publication date, title, and page numbers following the author name, in addition.

APA citation style established by the American Psychological Association and refers to the rules and conventions established by the association for documenting sources used in the research paper, and MLA Citation Style is known as Modern Language Association Writing Style used by student in social science and humanity departments. When writing MLA Style papers students usually use citation style guide which provide them with guideline on how to cite and reference their work.

The importance of citation in academic study

Citation in a study with particular purposes:

1.      Allows readers to find and verify sources.

  • It is important that readers should be able to find and verify where the sources come from.

2.      Provide evidence that the position is well-researched.

  • Citations allow you to demonstrate that your position or argument is thoroughly researched and that you have referenced, or addressed, the critical authorities relevant to the issues.

3.      Give credit to the author of an original concept or theory presented.

  • Giving proper attribution to those whose thoughts, words, and ideas you use is an important concept in scholarly writing

As a conclusion, citation is very important in producing a work for the best. They also help students in writing a paper or project. Through the method of citation, reference will be made easier by the reader.


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