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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely: Plagiarism

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Plagiarism is the use of the words or ideas of another’s as one’s own without acknowledgment of their source. Plagiarism is not only dishonest, but also illegal.

Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional!

Other things to consider:

What is Common Knowledge?

  • It is information that does not need to be cited, since it is something most readers will already know
  • Historical dates and basic science facts
    • President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963.
    • The molecular formula of water includes hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Wikipedia content is not automatically "Common Knowledge"
  • Using information found on Wikipedia without attributing Wikipedia is plagiarism!


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