A citation describes an information source by providing its
There are numerous reasons for citing sources, including:
If you don’t want to do citations “by hand,” there are various citation tools you can use. Ohio University Libraries support Zotero — “a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.”
Finally, Cite Source, from Trinity College Library in Hartford, Connecticut, provides an excellent overview of the concepts of intellectual property, rights and licenses, along with numerous examples of major citation styles.