Information You May Need to Acknowledge
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You may acknowledge information available from a wide variety of sources that is especially well addressed in a particular source.
- If a number of textbooks, encyclopedias, or almanacs include the information, you do not need to cite the source. This kind of information is often called common knowledge. If you are unsure whether something is common knowledge, err on the safe side and cite it.
- However, if your own discussion of the material is informed by a particular source of this information, or if you want to provide a lead for readers to follow, you may want to cite the source.
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It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That means that sometimes we can tell more by showing things than by trying to explain it.
The sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, is often called the Great Emancipator because he helped free the slaves.