How does one cite a direct famous quote on the reference page? Is it common knowledge?
To cite a famous quote on the References page:
- Cite the source where you obtained the famous quote--article, book, video, or website.
- Visit the APA Help guide to see examples of citations.
- Click on References and In-text Citation Examples.
- Find the source type that you used to find the quotation to see examples.
Common knowledge is:
- Things like folklore, common sense observations, myths, urban legends, and historical events.
- Usually not a famous quote.
- Common knowledge example: George Washington was the first President of the United States.
- Common knowledge does not have to be cited on the References page.
- For more information on what is or is not considered common knowledge, read Is it plagiarism yet?
To be safest, you should cite any famous quote and where you obtained it.
Examples of famous quotation that should be cited:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This is from President Roosevelt's Inaugural Address in 1933 to give the American people courage in the face of the Great Depression. Many people know this quote, even if they cannot remember who said it.
Even though many people have heard this quotation, you should document and cite where you found the quotation on your References page.
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