To Give Credit
Credit to the author of the original words, ideas or research to show honor and respect for their work and their legal rights.
To Avoid Plagiarism
Ensures that you are not taking credit for the work of another.
To Maintain the Accuracy and Credibility of Your Work
Establishes that your data and facts are correct and allows the reader to check the source for themselves.
To Allow Readers to Trace and/or Expand On Your Research
Provides a trail to the original research or idea