A citation is the information you need to find and cite a specific publication, usually including an article's title, author, journal title (also called source), date, volume, issue, and page numbers.
When writing a research paper, you need to cite the information in your paper that came from other sources in order to give credit to the author of the information you are using.
APA style is often used when writing papers in psychology, education, and other social sciences to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material.
See the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. for more detailed information and examples (Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010).Helpful Websites: