Acknowledgement identifies the author or creator of words, ideas, portions of a work used in your own work.
Attribution indicates who the author or originator is of a particular idea, set of words, or work. Attribution in a paper usually includes citing the source of an idea or text at the point it is used in the paper and then tying it to a detailed citation in a footnote on the same page or endnotes or bibliography at the end of the paper.
Author usually refers to the creator of a written text. In citation formats, can also use the author location to put the name of a composer, artist, or other creator of the work cited. See also corporate author.
Bibliography the list of sources with full citations included at the end of the document.
Citation the detailed information about a specific source of information used in a paper or other work. Typical information in a citation includes author, title, and publisher. Citations also include page numbers for direct quotations.
Cite to refer to a source in the text of a paper, usually tied to a complete citation located at the bottom of the page or at the end of the paper.
Common knowledge information, usually facts, that it is reasonable to expect most people to be aware of. What constitutes common knowledge is often open to interpretation and can change from class to class.
Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. It balances the rights of copyright owners with the rights of the public for access to and use of works. (Allen)
Corporate author an organization commissions the work to be written and is credited as the author. See also sponsoring organization.
Credit similar to acknowledgement, identifies the author or creator of words, ideas, portions of a work used in your own work.
Endnote full citation listed at the end of the document with a tie to the location of the cited material in the text.
Footnote full citation included on the bottom of the same page as the cited material.
Intellectual property Recognizes and protects creations of the mind. Copyright, patents, and trademarks are some of the legal means used protect intellectual property.
Paraphrase writing in your own words based on someone else’s words or ideas. Correct paraphrase is a substantive re-expression of the original.
Plagiarism Using other people’s ideas, words, or works without proper acknowledgement.
Quotation An exact copy in your paper of someone’s words. Quotations are identified with quotation marks and tied to a citation of the original source. Citations for written sources usually include the page number where the original words can be found.
Re-expression a re-statement of an idea using words and grammar that vary significantly from the original. A fundamentally different approach is taken to the same idea such that the wording can’t be tracked back to the original by making a few changes.
Source where words and ideas originate. Information sources can include books, web pages, articles, conversations, movies, and many others.
Sponsoring organization refers to the organization where a web site is located. It is used in citations for Web sites where the individual author is not known. It is sometimes included even when an individual author is listed to provide more context to help determine the quality of the site’s information.
Style In this context, style refers to the structure of a bibliographic citation. Style specifies what bibliographic information to include, what order the elements are listed, what punctuation to use, etc. Style guides are where you find instructions for a particular style.
Works cited list of citations at the end of the paper. It is equivalent to endnotes but the citations don’t have a direct tie to the location within the text where the material is cited.

Allen, Chuck. Copyright and Fair Use. TULIP 2002. Cal State San Marcos. San Marcos, CA. 12 August 2002.