Academic scholarship is built on presenting factual information. Facts help distinguish between what is "opinion" and what is "credible." Your professors will often require you to present an essay with citations that will anchor your burgeoning academic work.
Citations will allow you to:
When should you cite?:
Adapted from City College of San Francisco "Citing Sources" Libguide
In academically honest writing or speaking, you must document sources of information whenever:
In order to complete academically honest work, you need to: