Why Citations Matter
There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources that you consult when researching a paper. The most important of these are:
- Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
- Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
- Provides evidence of your research.
- Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing.
- You should check with your instructors about the style they want you to use.
- When in doubt, remember that the goal of your citations is to help a reader who wishes to consult your sources directly.