It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
A citation should be used when content that did not originate with you is used to support your writing.
When in doubt: CITE -- You won’t be judged harshly for adding a citation when it isn’t needed. However, skipping a citation (whether it’s an accident or not) is considered plagiarism, which can have serious consequences.
No need to cite what is known as common knowledge
But, what is common knowledge? Common knowledge also includes information that someone can easily trace and find the answer to. In an academic context, common knowledge will depend on the audience, but here are some examples to get you started:
For more examples of how to determine if something is common knowledge, check out these resources:
There is no one standard citation style so here are a few tips on selecting and using a style:
Beyond the information provided in this guide there are several ways to get more help with citation styles and related questions.
Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. As a student at WCU if you plagiarize, whether intentional or unintentional, there can be serious consequences. Luckily there are a number of great resources to help you combat plagiarism.