The rule for when to cite is simple: if it isn’t your own idea, conclusion, or words, the source must be cited, unless the information can be considered common knowledge. Common knowledge is generally defined as information that can be found in four or more sources.
Examples of information that does not require citation:
Examples of information that should be cited:
A general guideline is “when in doubt, cite.” The flow chart below, developed by Dr. Hanson, will help you with the citation process.