I'm going to be using a jQuery slider on my homepage only (not a WP plugin, but a third party). What I'd like to do is include jQuery, the plugin's jQuery script using a .js file, then include the script needed to fire the plugin right before the closing body tag. I'm a bit confused about how that works.
I know WordPress comes with jQuery built in, so does that mean I don't need to include it again?
Looking for best practices on this. I understand there are conflict issues that need to be prevented, etc.