What are citations, and why do I need them?
A citation is your way of telling readers how to find the information, data, opinions, and quotes upon which you based your paper. It gives your readers the information they need to locate the sources you used as evidence to back up your arguments, or the exact texts that you analyzed.
A citation includes:
Library sources to help you with your citations...
This short video from North Carolina State University covers the basics of citations:
why we use them and how we create them.