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When to Cite

You Don't Need to Cite...

Common knowledge
What is common knowledge anyway? Common knowledge refers to facts that most people are aware of, for example: 
  • The sun rises in the east and sets in the West.
  • Thirteen colonies formed the United States.
  • John Lennon was assassinated.
Your own opinions/ideas
"It is a mistake to overlook smaller, lower profile markets because..."
 

General Tips..

Keep track of your sources.

Start saving your sources as you find them. Save them to a citation management tool (like EasyBib or  Zotero), email them to yourself, or print them out.

Take good notes.

Keep track of page numbers and mark the sections you are using. Keep a research log; copy the wording, punctuation, and spelling exactly as it appears in the original text.

Ask your professor Always ask if you are unsure of when to cite.
 
Don't procrastinate. Unintentional plagiarism is often the result of disorganization. Stay organized and don't wait until the last minute.