Citing your references can be time-consuming, but here's why it's important:
Citing your sources helps you to avoid plagiarism.
Readers can go back and look at your sources if they'd like to follow up or read further.
By demonstrating how widely you've researched a topic, your own argument ends up being more credible. Citations can show you've considered a wide variety of opinions when forming your own argument.
Based on UCLA's Why Cite? guide.
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