You may have stumbled upon this Subject Guide on your own, or you may be looking at it in one of your classes. Either way there is a large amount of information contained within these pages. Below you will find some of the most common terms used when talking about citations and writing styles.
Common knowledge is "[i]nformation that is readily available from a number of sources or so well-known that its sources do not have to be cited (plagiarism.org)".
You do not need to cite information that is considered to be common knowledge.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is "[t]he practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own".
As you can imagine this is a bad thing. If you plagiarize someone else's work you risk failing your assignment, your class, and being expelled from school.
There are many different types of writing styles, be sure to ask your instructor which they prefer. The two most common styles are APA and MLA. Each style has a different format and will require different information.
A citation is a way to identify the sources you have used. It typically includes the author's name, title, and date of the publication. It allows the reader of your paper to locate the original information.
An in-text citation is used to give credit to your source directly in the text of your paper. These citations are sometimes called "parenthetical citations" or "in-text references".
An Annotated Bibliography is similar to a bibliography. It is a listing of all sources used in a paper, after each citation include a summary or evaluation of the source.