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
    [read citations].

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