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Plagiarism

Learn how to recognize and avoid plagiarism.

What Doesn't Need to Be Cited?

Common knowledge does not need to be cited. Common knowledge includes facts that are known by a lot of people and can be found in many sources. For example, you do not need to cite the following:
 

  • Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.
     
  • Sacramento is the capital of California.
     
  • A genome is all the DNA in an organism, including its genes.


Your own work. If it's your words, your opinion, your photo, or your graph, of course, you don't need to cite it.

 

 

 

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