PLAGIARISM & COPYRIGHT
The main reason for citing your sources is to give credit to those authors whose ideas you used in your research. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the authors proper credit by including their work in your bibliography. Citing your sources allows readers of your work to easily find the sources to which you've referred.
If you do not cite the sources upon which your research is based, you will be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the ideas and writings of others and representing them as your own. The increasing availability of electronic information has unfortunately made it easy to copy another author's works. Even if you do not copy another source word for word, but rather rephrase the source without attributing it to the original author by including a footnote, you are guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic standards and is punishable with a failing grade and possible expulsion from the institution.
Purdue University's tutorial on "Avoiding
Plagiarism," sections 1 to 4.