In academic writing, the concept of “common knowledge” refers to information that an average educated reader would accept without needing the validation of a source reference.
There are two main categories that can be considered common knowledge:
- Information that most people know.
- Information shared by a specific group of people, such as a national or cultural group, or members of a certain professional field.
In academic writing it is important to cite your sources, but statements that are considered common knowledge do not need a citation.
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