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Recognizing and Repairing Plagiarism

Common Knowledge

What is Common Knowledge?

What kinds of things don't need documenting? Your own lived experiences or insights, your own lab results, your own creative work, common knowledge, and generally accepted facts. However, it can be very tricky to discern what is common knowledge and what is not. Usually it is common knowledge if it is something most readers would already know or something that could be easily found in general reference sources, like encyclopedias. When confused or unsure about common knowledge questions, go ahead and cite the source -- it's not wrong to accidentally cite something that is common knowledge.

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