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A citation is a reference to an article or other published work, usually formatted using one of the citation styles, such as APA or MLA. When you are writing a research paper, you would include citations to reference any works you've used  to get ideas from in order to avoid plagiarism.

Please see our research guide on citing sources for more information:

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