You're supposed to do that?
OK, Sarcasm over.
The Cassie Edwards debate: the ladies at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have a full report with up to date linkage on the situation first reported at their website (and now being covered by no less than The New York Times.)
The allegations: that Edwards lifts text, word for word, from reference books to use in her romance fiction. As an aside, Edwards writes historical fiction; Native Americans and Native American culture are main elements. Here is SB,TB's first post pointing out the similarities between Edwards books and the alleged source material.
I won't recap beyond that, except to say go and read the posts and the links.
Here's the thing; I am coming down firmly that Edwards did a no-no. You don't quote and not attribute; and the rules are not different from fiction. Plenty of fiction, including historical fiction, including romance, do acknowledge source material.
Another interesting point; unlike the Kaavya situation, the publisher is standing behind its author.
But here is my question.
So you're resourcing The Past. And you use Book A. It describes Something You Want To Use. A Historical Fact.
How much do you rewrite? What is OK to cut and paste because its "a fact"?
OK, I'm off to ALA as soon as Carlie arrives. See you later, alligator!