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What's Common Knowledge?
Common knowledge includes information like this:
painter of the Mona Lisa
capitals of states and countries
George Washington was the first president
Columbus reached America in 1492
Don't be fooled:
Everything on the Internet is considered common knowledge - WRONG! Unless it meets the criteria of common knowledge, you must cite your sources, whether found on the Internet or in print.
Information found in an encyclopedia is considered common knowledge - WRONG! Encyclopedias contain lots of information, some of which is common knowledge and some of which is not.
Facts found in newspaper articles are considered common knowledge - WRONG! Newspaper articles do contain facts that may be considered common knowledge, but not everything included in a newspaper article is common knowledge.
When in doubt, check with your instructor or cite the information.