Citing sources is how readers verify the information in an article This information enables someone else to find and read the item (article, data, report) that you used.
Citations also benefit the writer: Every citation can be considered an expert conscripted into supporting your arguments. Without that chorus behind you, your work will sound hollow.
All citations should have three key identifiers: , , and . Additional information such as the name of the , the name of the and a or are helpful.