Citations and references serve an important role at the academic and professional level. They tell the readers of your writing:
Why Should I Cite?
Citing your sources
When Should I Cite?
Citations are required whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarize another person's work.
"Some people use the words citation and reference interchangeably. Are they really the same thing? What is the difference?
Citations and references are teammates. When you cite a source, you are using a citation and a reference.
Citation (In-Text) Reference (at end of paper)
(Smith, 2014, p. 3) Smith, A. R. (2014). Sports analysis in esports. McMillan Press, New York.
Remember, a common mistake made by students is to have in-text citations for resources that do not appear on the References Page because the student has forgotten to place the source on the Reference Page. Always check to make sure you have references for every in-text citation.
Also, don't include references on your References page that you did not quote, paraphrase, or summarize. That is called padding your bibliography and is not an acceptable academic practice.