A citation refers to the information of a publication which may be a book, a journal article, a newspaper article, a DVD, or a website etc.
A citation provides the bibliographic information of a publication necessary for identification and retrieval, for example:
There are a number of different styles or formats for writing citations. Each citation style includes the same elements of a citation, but may organize them in a different way. A reference list contains citations arranged in alphabetical order by author's family name.
Some commonly used citation styles are:
Which style you should use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. Please consult your instructor for details of the citation style you should use.
* As a general rule, students of EdUHK may use the APA style for writing papers or bibliographies.
Please refer to the Citation System at the Student Handbook.*
You may also find the bibliographic management tool RefWorks at the Library web site useful for generating citations and bibliographies in different citation styles.