Back to my favorite quote about plagiarism from OWL Purdue’s “Is It Plagiarism Yet?” page:
“Bottom line, document any words, ideas, or other productions that originate somewhere outside of you” (2013).
Let’s focus on the “inside of you” part that is NOT considered Plagiarism.
What is common knowledge?
According to OWL Purdue, “you can regard something as common knowledge if you find the same information undocumented in at least five credible sources” (2013).
Plagiarism.Org explains common knowledge as “facts that are readily available from numerous sources and generally known to the public … and are not protected by copyright laws” (FAQ, n.d.).
Guidelines for Common Knowledge
You DO NOT have to cite the following:
Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Think about what you knew before you came to college and took classes on your field. How much knowledge did you gain? Today you can probably name some things that are considered common knowledge in your program of study.
CAUTION! This must be cited!
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This includes things like your opinion, observations and conclusions. Since you lived it, you are the source.
This includes things you created, for example, a drawing, a jingle you made up, or a photograph that you
When you write your own conclusion, for example. a research paper. You used and cited sources, but the conclusion and connections were made by you.