I'm not understanding on how to write one.
How do you write a citation for a paper?
Now Alyson, the answer to this is simple. I would first recommend finding out which style of citation your teacher wants you to use. Then, I would recommend asking your teacher for help or a worksheet pertaining to that type of citation. You could also ask your school or public library librarians for aide. If nothing else I would look it up online. Here are some links for two different types of citation.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ (This is for APA)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (This is for MLA)
MS Word has a Citation feature on the References tab that you can use to easily enter Citations into your document. Once created, the Bibliography command will compile all Citations (at the end of your document if you select that location).
Hope this helps with how to create your document with citations.
A great online resource that I instruct my students to use is http://www.citationmachine.net">www.citationmachine.net. On Citation Machine you can put in the style (APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian) and then it gives you a choice of the type of source. For example, if you're using a book, click book and it will tell you what information you need in order to create a citation. Once you plug the information in, click "make citation" and you will have a reference citation and in-text citation.
Citing a paper properly can be a bit of a problem. This website (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/) OWL gives you all the information and resources you need for properly citing your papers. They even provide a great number of details and examples for citing all sorts of material. Good luck, take it easy, and do just one step at a time.
A citation is usually written with quotation marks. If you are citing from a book or magazine, usual practice is to italicize and underline the book, then add page numbers, author in parenthesis following your cite. Hope this helps.
need to ask a few questions first. What type of paper are you writing and what format are you using? APA, MLA?