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Academic Integrity Tutorial for Graduate Students by DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

Knowledge Check 1: Common Knowledge

Knowledge Check 1: Common Knowledge

Imagine you are a U.S. History student writing a paper on Alexander Hamilton. Based off the explanation of common knowledge in the previous slide, which statements below would NOT be considered common knowledge and would have to be cited? Click on the sentence below that you think needs a citation.

Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States. He believed in a strong central government. He successfully argued that the implied powers of the Constitution provided the legal authority to fund the national debt and assume states' debts.

Biography (2016). Alexander Hamilton. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/alexander-hamilton-9326481#deadly-duel

Incorrect, this sentence would not need a citation, as this information would be common knowledge to a general audience.

Incorrect, this sentence would not need a citation, as this information would be common knowledge to a U.S. History student. However, it would need a citation if written for a general audience.

Correct, this sentences requires citation, as this is not common information.

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