Providing citations of the sources you use for your research shows good academic integrity. A thorough list of sources shows that you are
- Using information transparently by allowing readers to see and track down your sources.
- Using information from reputable sources to form the basis of your argument or research claims. You may have a good idea, but simply stating it does not make it true or believable. Give your ideas validity and support by citing trustworthy authors.
- Using information ethically by acknowledging the work that has laid the foundation for your research. You are avoiding plagiarism when you give other authors their due credit. Nothing is worse to an author than discovering their hard work has been stolen and claimed as original by someone else.
Webpages expire, books and articles get lost, photographs and films degrade. Citations are necessary in order to assure that the next person will be able to access the same information through different means.