Why Cite?

Citing your sources is important for a number of reasons:

  • It shows how your research builds on the research of others.
  • It allows your readers to locate the sources you used.
  • It gives you the information you need to go back and find sources you used previously when you need them for future research.
  • It is an important part of Academic Integrity. Using another person’s ideas or words without indicating via a citation where you found them is plagiarism. Possible consequences include a failing grade for the assignment, a failing grade for the course and termination from the college.
  • Empire State College faculty members have access to Turnitin, a text-comparison tool that identifies similarities between the text in your papers and the millions of texts already in Turnitin’s constanty-growing database of articles, documents and papers.