Lend Authority to Your Paper: By referencing the work of scholars and other professionals, your demonstrate that your own research is based on solid, reliable information and that you are capable of critical thinking by being able to synthesizing that research into your own.
Provide a Path: By citing sources, you provide the information readers of your paper need in order to locate the same sources that you did.
Acknowledge Other's Work: Part of your research is built upon the research of other people. It is respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work (just as you would hope someone would give you credit if they were quoting your own work!)
Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any quotation, summary, or restatement of any idea or passage from your research. Citing sources is giving credit where credit is due. Not citing sources is plagiarism and you may be subject to academic discipline.
See the Academic Honesty Guide below for more information.