Citations are useful for a variety of reasons: they give credit to the original author of the idea, they help you avoid plagiarism, and meet your institution’s expectations of academic integrity (refer to Delta’s student handbook, under the “Campus Life” tab on the portal page). Referring to other sources than your ideas helps give them credibility and helps you to form more concrete arguments.
You should use citations for any ideas that are not your own. This includes paraphrasing or summarizing someone else’s work.
The WRIT Center is available to help with the writing process from start to finish. Click on the link above to contact them.