There are some very practical reasons for citing your sources:
- Use your citations to keep track of your own research process
- Enable other researchers to corroborate and verify your sources
- Scholarly decorum: Give credit where credit is due! Provide clear citations to acknowledge the work of your peers.
- Enable more exact citation analysis. (Some databases, like Web of Knowledge, allow you to select a topic, author, article, etc. and then create a citation report.)
“If I have seen further it is by
standing on the shoulders of
Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1676