According to the University of Pittsburgh citation guide, a citation is: "a way of giving credit to individuals for their creative and intellectual works that you utilized to support your research."
Citations are important because they give proper credit to the original authors, acknowledging their intellectual contributions and avoiding plagiarism. Additionally, citations provide readers with the opportunity to verify and explore the sources, enhancing the credibility and reliability of the information presented.
APA - Psychology, Business, Communication, and Engineering
Chicago/Turabian - Humanities and Social Sciences
MLA - English Language and Literature
AMA - Nursing
IEEE - Engineering, Information Technology
*Always check with your professor on which style to use for your class.