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Citation vs. Ticket: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A citation is a reference to a source or a formal notice for a violation, while a ticket is a pass for entry or travel, or a notice for a minor legal infraction.
Citation vs. Ticket

Key Differences

A citation is often used in academic and professional contexts to refer to a source of information. In contrast, a ticket can refer to a physical or electronic pass that grants access to events, transportation, or services. Both serve as forms of validation but in different contexts.
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In legal terms, a citation is a formal notice issued by authorities for minor legal violations, such as traffic infractions. A ticket, in a similar vein, is a document issued for minor offenses, often with an attached fine. Both imply a need for response or action but vary in formality and context.
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Citations are essential in research to credit sources and avoid plagiarism. Tickets, however, are used in everyday transactions, such as boarding a train or attending a concert. Both are critical for maintaining order and authenticity in their respective fields.
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A citation in academia or professional writing includes information like author, title, and publication date. A ticket, like for a movie or a bus ride, contains details like date, time, and seat number. Both provide specific information relevant to their purpose.
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Citations are used in legal settings to compel an individual to appear in court or respond to a violation. Tickets, on the other hand, are more commonly associated with paying a fee for a service or a penalty for a minor infraction. Each carries different implications and responsibilities.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Referencing sources or legal notice
Entry pass or notice of infraction
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Context

Academic, professional, legal
Transportation, events, legal
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Information Included

Author, title, publication in academics; violation details in legal
Date, time, seat number, or infraction details
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Purpose

Credit sources or notify of legal violations
Grant access or notify of minor offenses
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Implication

Acknowledgment of sources or legal responsibility
Access to service or responsibility for infraction
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Citation and Ticket Definitions

Citation

Recognition for noteworthy service or achievement.
The soldier was awarded a citation for bravery.
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Ticket

A notice issued for a minor legal infraction.
He got a parking ticket for leaving his car in a no-parking zone.
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Citation

A formal notice of a violation, like a traffic ticket.
He received a citation for speeding on the highway.
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Ticket

A label or tag identifying an item, especially for sale.
The ticket on the dress displayed its price and size.
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Citation

A reference to a source in academic writing.
Her research paper included a citation from a renowned journal.
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Ticket

A candidate or proposition on a ballot in an election.
Voters were discussing the merits of different tickets in the upcoming election.
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Citation

The act of citing.
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Ticket

A paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for or is entitled to a specified service, right, or consideration
A theater ticket.
An airline ticket.
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Citation

A quotation of or explicit reference to a source for substantiation, as in a scholarly paper.
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Ticket

An e-ticket.
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Citation

(Law) A reference to a previous court decision or other authority for a point of law, usually by case title and other information.
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Ticket

A certifying document, especially a captain's or pilot's license.
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Citation

An official commendation for meritorious action, especially in military service
A citation for bravery.
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Ticket

An identifying or descriptive tag attached to merchandise; a label.
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Citation

A formal statement of the accomplishments of one being honored with an academic degree.
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Ticket

A list of candidates proposed or endorsed by a political party; a slate.
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Citation

An official summons, especially one calling for appearance in court.
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Ticket

A legal notice to a person charged with a violation of law, especially a minor violation.
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Citation

An official summons or notice given to a person to appear.
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Ticket

The proper or desirable thing
A change of scene would be just the ticket for us.
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Citation

The paper containing such summons or notice.
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Ticket

(Informal) A means to an end
"He went to Washington ... to become press secretary ... it was his ticket out of the Delta" (Nicholas Lamann).
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Citation

The act of citing a passage from a text, or from another person, using the exact words of the original text or speech and giving credit to the original by referencing.
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Ticket

To provide with a ticket for passage or admission
Ticket all passengers through to Amsterdam.
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Citation

An entry in a list of sources from which information was taken, typically following a prescribed bibliographical style; a reference.
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Ticket

To attach a ticket to; tag
Items that are ticketed in a pawnshop window.
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Citation

The passage or words quoted; a quotation.
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Ticket

To designate for a specified use or end; destine
Funds that have been ticketed for research.
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Citation

(lexicography) A quotation with attached bibliographical details demonstrating the use of a particular lexical item in a dictionary, especially a dictionary on historical principles.
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Ticket

To serve (a person) with a notice of legal violation
Ticket a speeding motorist.
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Citation

Enumeration; mention.
It's a simple citation of facts.
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Ticket

A pass entitling the holder to admission to a show, concert, etc.
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Citation

A reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law.
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Ticket

A pass entitling the holder to board a train, a bus, a plane, or other means of transportation
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Citation

A commendation in recognition of some achievement, or a formal statement of an achievement.
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Ticket

A citation for a traffic violation.
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Citation

An official summons or notice given to a person to appear; the paper containing such summons or notice.
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Ticket

A permit to operate a machine on a construction site.
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Citation

The act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words; also, the passage or words quoted; quotation.
This horse load of citations and fathers.
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Ticket

A service request, used to track complaints or requests that an issue be handled. (Generally technical support related).
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Citation

Enumeration; mention; as, a citation of facts.
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Ticket

(informal) A list of candidates for an election, or a particular theme to a candidate's manifesto.
Joe has joined the party's ticket for the county elections.
Joe will be running on an anti-crime ticket.
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Citation

A reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law.
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Ticket

A solution to a problem; something that is needed.
That's the ticket.
I saw my first bike as my ticket to freedom.
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Citation

An official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
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Ticket

(dated) A little note or notice.
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Citation

(law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
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Ticket

(dated) A tradesman's bill or account (hence the phrase on ticket and eventually on tick).
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Citation

A short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage;
The student's essay failed to list several important citations
The acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book
The article includes mention of similar clinical cases
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Ticket

A label affixed to goods to show their price or description.
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Citation

A passage or expression that is quoted or cited
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Ticket

A certificate or token of a share in a lottery or other scheme for distributing money, goods, etc.
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Citation

A summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding
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Ticket

(dated) A visiting card.
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Citation

Thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948
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Ticket

A warrant.
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Citation

An official summons to appear in court.
The citation required her presence in court for a hearing.
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Ticket

A certificate of qualification as a ship's master, pilot, or other crew member.
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Citation

A quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author.
The professor emphasized the importance of accurate citations in scholarly work.
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Ticket

To issue someone a ticket, as for travel or for a violation of a local or traffic law.
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Ticket

To mark with a ticket.
To ticket goods in a retail store
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Ticket

A small piece of paper, cardboard, or the like, serving as a notice, certificate, or distinguishing token of something.
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Ticket

A little note or notice.
He constantly read his lectures twice a week for above forty years, giving notice of the time to his auditors in a ticket on the school doors.
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Ticket

A tradesman's bill or account.
Your courtier is mad to take up silks and velvetsOn ticket for his mistress.
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Ticket

A certificate or token of right of admission to a place of assembly, or of passage in a public conveyance; as, a theater ticket; a railroad or steamboat ticket.
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Ticket

A label to show the character or price of goods.
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Ticket

A certificate or token of a share in a lottery or other scheme for distributing money, goods, or the like.
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Ticket

A printed list of candidates to be voted for at an election; a set of nominations by one party for election; a ballot.
The old ticket forever! We have it by thirty-four votes.
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Ticket

To distinguish by a ticket; to put a ticket on; as, to ticket goods.
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Ticket

To furnish with a tickets; to book; as, to ticket passengers to California.
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Ticket

A commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
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Ticket

A summons issued to an offender (especially to someone who violates a traffic regulation)
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Ticket

A list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
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Ticket

The appropriate or desirable thing;
This car could be just the ticket for a small family
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Ticket

Issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty;
I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street
Move your car or else you will be ticketed!
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Ticket

Provide with a ticket for passage or admission;
Ticketed passengers can board now
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Ticket

A pass for entry, as to a movie or concert.
They bought tickets for the new Broadway show.
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Ticket

A document for travel, like a bus or plane ticket.
She checked her phone for her electronic plane ticket.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can citations be used in legal contexts?

Yes, as formal notices for violations.
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What is a ticket in a legal sense?

A notice for a minor legal infraction, often with a fine.
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Do citations always require court appearances?

Not always, depends on the violation.
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What information does a concert ticket typically include?

Details like event date, time, and seat number.
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Can a citation be a quotation?

Yes, in academic or literary contexts.
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What happens if you ignore a legal citation?

It can lead to increased fines or legal action.
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What does a ticket grant in general?

Access to events, transportation, or services.
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How important are citations in research?

Crucial for credibility and avoiding plagiarism.
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Are tickets transferable?

Depends on the type and issuer's policy.
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Can you get a ticket for traffic violations?

Yes, common for offenses like speeding or parking.
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What is a citation in academic writing?

A reference to a source, such as a book or article.
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Are airline tickets only physical documents?

No, they can also be electronic.
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What's the difference between a citation and a reference?

They're similar, but citations are more formal.
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Do citations in writing need to be formatted?

Yes, according to specific style guidelines.
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Is a citation a form of recognition?

In some contexts, like military or civic awards.
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Do parking tickets affect driving records?

Not usually, but unpaid tickets can lead to consequences.
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Can citations be issued electronically?

Yes, especially in modern legal systems.
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Are event tickets refundable?

Depends on the issuer's policy and the ticket type.
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What's the purpose of a ticket in transportation?

To confirm payment and permission to travel.
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Can tickets be used as evidence in court?

Yes, as proof of a violation or agreement.
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