That’s right, cite is today’s word, as in cite your sources properly. Always provide citations, not sightations. The trick with cite is it has homophones. They tend to throw people off their game. Let’s review these tricky sound-alike words.
CITE – the word for today, refers to listing or naming the source of a quotation.
SIGHT – has to do with seeing, and if it is a noun, it could be something that you see, often that is extraordinary. Tourists go see the sights of the place they are visiting.
SITE – has to do with a location in space, or cyberspace. An archeological site is the place people are digging. A website is a location in cyberspace.
To really mess it up, it is possible to cite the site you caught sight of the other day. Or you could sight-see at the archeological site you saw discussed in the article you cited.
One more time:
CITE – make references to books or other sources of information
SIGHT – the ability to see the things around you or (possibly) the things you are looking at around you.
SITE – locations in geographical or cyberspace.
Don’t mix them up.