4.4 What Doesn’t Need To Be Cited

  • You don’t need to cite your own thoughts, ideas, data, or creations.

There is one exception to this rule: you may need to acknowledge your own work if you are reusing it in another course or assignment (however, make sure you receive the express permission of your instructor to do this, first). This is because academic work is expected to be new in order to earn new academic credit.

  • You also don’t need to cite common knowledge (see more on this in the next section).

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Academic Integrity Handbook by Donnie Calabrese; Emma Russell; Jasmine Hoover; and Tammy Byrne is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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