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Space Environment: Citing Sources

Space Missions & Environments: Vacuum, Neutral, Plasma, Radiation; Micrometeoroid and Orbital debris

What is a citation??

A citation reflects all of the information a person would need to locate a particular source. For example, basic citation information for a book consists of name(s) of author(s) or editor(s), title of book, name of publisher, place of publication, and most recent copyright date.
A citation style dictates the information necessary for a citation and how the information is ordered, as well as punctuation and other formatting.

A bibliography lists citations for all of the relevant resources a person consulted during his or her research.

In an annotated bibliography, each citation is followed by a brief note—or annotation—that describes and/or evaluates the source and the information found in it.

A works cited list presents citations for those sources referenced in a particular paper, presentation, or other composition.
An in-text citation consists of just enough information to correspond to a source's full citation in a Works Cited list. In-text citations often require a page number (or numbers) showing exactly where relevant information was found in the original source.

Citation Generators

Why all the fuss?


√  Everything written is someone's intellectual property.

√  You must give credit to the owner.

√  You may paraphrase, summarize or quote directly.

√  Websites, photographs, charts, illustrations are all copyrighted materials.

Plagiarism:  Take and use as one's own (the thoughts, writings, inventions, etc., of another person) improperly without acknowledgement; passing of the thoughts, work, etc., of another person as one's own.