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Common Knowledge

Common knowledge includes facts that are known by a lot of people and can be found in many sources. It's not necessary to tell your reader where you found information if it is considered common knowledge. Three examples of common knowledge are:

  1. In 1865, following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson was elected as the 17th President of the United States.

  2. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and he died in 1616.

  3. A genome is all the DNA in an organism, including its genes.

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