A citation indicates the location of your source--it tells you all of the important details about an information source to enable you to find it, including the who, what and where: author/editor/composer, title, article title, publisher, place of publication, copyright date, volume and issue number for journal articles, page numbers, and for web sites or electronic material, the URL and date of retrieval.
Generally, you will be told to use a specific citation style guide or manual, e.g., MLA (Modern Languages Association Style Manual), or APA (The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association). There are others (Chicago, Harvard, etc.), but APA and MLA are the most widely used at ENMU. Style manuals standardize citation information and also include formatting criteria (how your paper should look). Many of our databases will display a CITE link enabling you to copy and paste an article citation directly into your paper.
Here are some examples of plagiarism, courtesy of Duke University Libraries:
Many instructors use a software program capable of detecting unoriginal content. You will be required to submit assignments to the service before you submit them to your instructors. Plagiarism is a serious offense in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, as outlined in the ENMU Student Handbook.