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Reason to cite the work of others

Discuss the following questions: Why do we cite the work of others? What constitutes a good source?

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Why do we cite the work of others? What constitutes a good source?
We cite the work of others for two basic reasons:-
1. To leave a trail of clues1 and create map of knowledge2 for the readers.
2. To acknowledge that the work is of someone else.
It doesn't make sense researching everything on our own and neither does a researcher has that much time and energy that is when referencing or citation comes handy. One can state facts already researched and proved by others earlier without having the need to prove it. By citing the research one is actually making a map of knowledge that the reader can refer to know how that fact was arrived upon. In lay men terms, researcher guides the reader to the sources of information that have been used. In effect, referencing multiplies knowledge exponentially.2
The other and most important reason for citing is to promote ethical responsibility and academic consistency within a discipline. If you do not cite and ...

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This explains the reason to cite the work of others

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