Citations, in the research world, have nothing to do with traffic tickets. Instead, citations identify published information in order to locate that item again. Citations of articles often include the author, title, magazine or journal name, page numbers and publication information. Citations from library research databases also include a URL and the day the information  was accessed.

The list of sources at the end of a written work is a bibliography. These sources are listed in citation format and follow an established style, such as MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association). The bibliography allows others who read your work to verify facts or research the same information more easily.