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Understanding Citations

Credo Citation Tutorials

Understanding Citations

A citation is a record of the essential elements of an article, book or other materials that enable the user to locate the source.

The citation typically follows a professional style, such as APA, MLA, or others. Each style has two methods of citing;

In text citations:

“I do not like them, Sam-I-am” (Seuss, 1960, p. 4)

Which is what you use in the body of your paper or project.

and Reference/Work Cited citations:

Seuss, D. (1960). Green eggs and ham. New York: Beginner Books.

Which comes at the end of your paper or project and includes your in text citations, but in more detail.


It is critical to provide citations for all works referred to in your research in order to give proper credit to the source and help others understand where you're ideas came from. Failure to cite sources or to do so incompletely is plagiarism. Use the materials provided here for more complete information.

Video Tutorials

Citations: a (very) brief introduction