Where did you get that information?
" Where did you get that dress?" When you reply, " I got it at Macy's," you are citing the source.
Citing on paper is the same thing. When you cite a piece of information, you're telling everyone where you got it.
There are many different styles of citation. For example, the Modern Language Association (MLA) bibliography style is used in literature classes, and the American Psychological Association (APA) style is used in psychology and many social science classes. The MLA style gives very specific instructions on citing lines from a poem, but the APA style doesn't (after all, how often do you need to quote poetry in a biology paper?)
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