Why is it so important to cite your sources? To avoid plagiarism, yes, but also…
- To challenge your thinking
- To give credit where it’s due
- To take part in scholarly conversation and put your ideas in context
- To provide a roadmap for your thinking – for your professors and for your colleagues
And even to help your future self. You may want to refer back to a previous project to figure out how you found certain information. Complete references come in handy!