Why Do We Cite?
After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify why using citations is important.
It’s important to understand why citations are a fundamental part of any research project. A citation is a reference to an information source that contains key publication details about that source in order to allow others to find it.
Three reasons why citation is important
By reading, analyzing, and citing scholarly sources in your assignments, you are contributing to and participating in scholarly communication! You grow in your understanding of a field of study by learning from its subject experts.
Giving credit is key for showing professionalism and giving evidence in your paper. You will mainly use scholarly and professional sources to support your research and to give other researchers credit for their findings. Citations allow others (and you!) to find the sources used in your paper to learn more about them.
It might help to think: is this my own idea, or did I read or hear about it in one of my sources? If it came from somewhere else, cite it.
The main reasons why we cite are to:
- Participate in scholarly communication
- Give credit to our sources
- Avoid plagiarism