What is a Citation?

  • Describes a book journal article, website, or other published item

  • Gives credit to the originator of an idea, this preventing plagiarism

  • Enables the reader to retrieve the item you refer to

  • Includes the author, title, source (publisher and place of publication or URL), and date

A citation manager is a tool which helps you to store, organize and output your citation in the format you prefer.