“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
-Sir Isaac Newton
All knowledge is built upon previous knowledge. When conducting research or completing coursework, we draw upon the ideas of others to synthesize our own. One of the reasons citation is a standard is to recognize the work of researchers before you.
You can think about recognizing the work of other academics as giving credit where credit is due. By using appropriate citations, you can set apart your own work from the work of others.
The Writing Center prepared this tutorial with more information on Why We Cite: