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Under the law, the only time it is acceptable not to cite a source for someone else’s work is when the information under consideration is common knowledge. ” This fact is common knowledge. There are many facts that can be considered common knowledge. The concept of common knowledge becomes a gray area when we begin to consider the question, Common to whom? It seems fair to assume that every adult knows that the sun rises in the east, wherever they are and whatever their culture. The certainty about what is common knowledge becomes less certain when issues are common to many, but not to all, people.
In one to three years, books will appear about the topic. There are many different types of books published for many different types of audiences. All books are lengthy documents. It takes time to compile enough information to create a book. Books can be written by experts or nonexperts. They can be scholarly or popular. They may include a bibliography or not. Finally, if the topic was of enough interest or had significant impact, a brief outline of the event will appear in a reference tool such as an encyclopedia.
The custom of listing works cited became the footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography citations researchers use today. In this way new researchers could show others that they had read all or part of what was already in writing about a particular topic, while introducing new material of their own. Rather than repeating what others said, a new author could simply refer a reader to the other materials of relevance. Needless to say, this saved much time and effort for everyone involved. For research purposes today, it is usual to start with the most current information on a topic and work backward.
Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Practical, Standards-Based Exercises for College Students by Joanna M. Burkhardt, Mary C. Macdonald, Andre J. Rathemacher