Why Does it Matter?
Providing citations of the sources you use for your research shows good academic integrity.
A thorough list of sources shows that you are:
- engaging with the scholarly research community by allowing other researchers to see and track down your sources.
- using information from reputable sources to form the basis of your argument or research claims.
- using the information ethically by acknowledging the research that has laid the groundwork for your research.
Crediting sources is done in a standardized form called a citation style. There are many styles from which to choose.