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On the one hand, citation is an outdated term from the early modern period (15th century to 19th century) for summons to court. The citation slip (the summons) had to be presented to the court. Failure to comply could result in a contumac decision. A special form was the edictal citation , a public invitation to summon a person whose whereabouts were unknown.

Today a citation is understood to mean the use of a quotation . The term citation is used, among other things, in jurisprudence and in the legal system or in the context of bibliographical references in scientific texts . The English term citation describes the reference in books, magazines or online offers to the published source. The German term for this would be the document , the footnote or the comment .

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  1. German Dictionary : Zitation
  2. Citation , accessed on November 4, 2017.