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Citation Ethics and Citation Managers: When to Cite

Citations are a necessary part of academic writing, but they can also be frustrating. This site will help you figure out when you need to cite, why we cite, how citation managers can help you both manage and cite sources, and where to go to learn more.

Citation: A Very Brief Introduction

This video, produced by the library at NC State University, explains the basics of why we cite. 

Common Knowledge

Determining what counts as “common knowledge” can sometimes be very difficult.  Common knowledge can mean different things to different people, but there are a few rules of thumb that you can use to help you figure out what common knowledge means in your particular circumstances.

Fair Use Guidelines

Determining whether your use of another's work can be considered fair use can be complicated, and there are pretty much no clear answers.