A few days ago, I was proofreading a paper for my son and I noticed he kept making the same error. He was citing his sources when he mentioned some ideas of common knowledge. For example, he defined ROM (Read Only Memory) and then cited the Internet site from where he got the information. I tried to explain to him that it wasn't necessary to provide citations for definitions such as RAM, Cloud Computing, and Touch Screen. I'm proud of him for not wanting to Plagiarize, but could see that he was confused.
How nice it would have been to have Common Craft's latest release. The latest from Common Craft explains Plagiarism. As with all of Common Craft's work, this video does a great job of taking a difficult concept and making it meaningful and really easy to understand.
Take a look!