Credit your source if you are using someone else's ideas in your paper.

Not only should you cite your source for quoted text, you must cite your source for ideas that are not originally yours1 and are not common knowledge2.

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1As a rule, error on the side of caution and provide a citation if you have any doubt. When to provide credit can be a matter of judgment. Your sense of when a citation is needed will develop with experience.

2 "Common knowledge" is information that is widely known and easily verified in a standard reference work.

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