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Cite, Citation, Site, and Sight

25/04/17 Cite, Citation, Site, and Sight

Cite, Citation, Site, and Sight

To cite a reference (never cite to a reference) is to relate its importance to the issue at hand and to identify its source.

  • On this point, the Brief cited Palsgraf.

In general use, the term also means to point out, either for good <cited for bravery> or for ill <cited for speeding>.
The colloquial use of cite as a nouns meaning citation is inappropriate in formal writing:

  • One footnote also contained 24 cites [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][read citations].

Cite and site (place) are sometimes confused, as are site and sight (to see or the thing seen).