In academic research when we use information from other people we give credit to the original author. This process is called citation. Citations include author, title, publication information, and anything else necessary to help the reader locate the original source.

Here is an example citation (in MLA format). Move your mouse over the different parts of the citation to see what they represent:

Smith, Jane. author's name "Student Search Strategies." title of article College Research Quarterly. name of magazine or journal

79. volume number 23 issue number (2010): year 42-49. page numbers Print. medium (electronic or print)