Attribution concerns the convention in academic writing and workplace writing to cite sources.

Writers cite (attribute) sources to

  1. to bolster their ethos
  2. to allow readers to access their source(s), which they might want to do in order
    1. to more fully assess the source’s credibility
    2. to identify the status of the conversation on the topic

In order to assess what sort of citation style they need to follow, writers need to assess their rhetorical situation and consider genre conventions.