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Preventing Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty Tutorial

A guide to define and identify plagiarism and its consequences and teach the concept of academic integrity.

What To Cite

You must cite:

  • Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge
  • Ideas, theories, or language that is highly debatable
  • Books, book chapters, articles, web pages, theses, etc. when you are summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Another person's exact words should be quoted and cited to show proper credit 

Don't cite:

  • Statements of your own insight
  • Statements of common knowledge

What is Common Knowledge?
  • Common knowledge is information known by most educated people or can be found out easily in an encyclopedia or dictionary.

Examples of common knowledge include:

  • The Eifel Tower is located in Paris.
  • Facebook is a social media network.
  • An equilateral triangle is a triangle with three equal sides.
  • The sun sets in the west.

When in doubt if something can be considered common knowledge, be safe and cite your source!


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