What are citations? Citations are either the act of citing, a source cited, a quotation, a reference to previous court decisions or authoritative writings, enumeration or mention, an official commendation for meritorious action, a formal statement of the accomplishments of one being honored with an academic degree or an official summon, especially one calling for appearance in court.
According to Answer.com, the legal dictionary gives several meaning of the word "citations":
1. A writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as
a. A process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding
b. A notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty offense (as a traffic violation); also The document embodying the notice
- Citations are issued in minor criminal cases as an alternative to arrest. Often a person may consent in writing to the penalty specified on the citation and forgo an appearance in court.
2. The citing of a previously decided case or recognized legal authority as support for an argument; also The caption used for referring to such a case or authority esp. as published in a reporter citational (-shə-nəl)
Word.net says the noun "citations" has five meanings:
Meaning #1: an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
Meaning #2: the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
Meaning #3: a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
Synonyms: acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotation
Meaning #4: a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
Synonyms: quotation, quote
Meaning #5: a summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding
When we study in colleges and universities, we write different scientific papers, thus using citations in them. Very often we need to refer to certain web resources, but we cannot remember all the URLs so there could be problems when working from different computers.
Lucky enough we are, however, because there are several online resources to help us with that. The most popular one is CiteULike.
CiteULike is a completely free online service to help students store, organize and share the academic papers they work with. When you see a paper you are interested in on the Internet, you may add it to your personal library with just one click. CiteULike will automatically extract all citations and citations details, so you don't have to type them yourself. And all this is available from any web browser from any computer. You don't even have to install any software.
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