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Plagiarism and Copyright
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So, what's all the hype about plagiarism?
Simply put, it's stealing. Just like theft in the everyday world, it is a punishable offense in the academic world. It isn't necessarily intentional, and often done without realizing the implication. Not knowing does not excuse it. Part of the academic experience is to learn about the ethical, legal and moral aspects connected with education, known as Academic Integrity, and then to carry that knowledge into the lifelong experience. Learning how to do research, knowing when it's necessary to give others credit for their work and citing sources properly is an important part of the education process. Those are some of the reasons for stressing plagiarism awareness. It's important to take it seriously, and we're here to help you get it right.
Patricia DeSalvo, Dean of Libraries and Learning Technology
Academic Integrity and Behavior in the Learning Environment (i.e. classrooms, tutoring and testing centers, co-op and internship assignments, etc.):
As members of the College community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating on examinations, course assignments or projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examination or course-related materials, is prohibited.
It is the student's responsibility to abide by all copyright laws and regulations, which are available at www.seminolestate.edu/library/copyright. The copyright protections normally associated with print also govern the use of audio, video, images and text on the Internet and Web. Because it is easy for the computer user to copy and use images, text, video and other graphics that are likely to be protected by copyright, it is essential to become familiar with copyright basics. A document may be copyrighted even if it does not explicitly state that it is copyrighted. As a result, it is best to assume materials such as documents, images or video clips are copyrighted. Ask permission and state a source when using other's materials.
Outcome No. 4 is Information Literacy. The effective use of information standard presented by the Association for College and Research Libraries states that “an information literate individual is able to ... recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information” (ACRL, 2010, para. 2).
Test your knowledge of plagiarism
Go through this quick five-question Q & A regarding plagiarism. See the answers to common assumptions about copyright and plagiarism.
Definitions of plagiarism:
Two main sources of reference for documentation in research are theMLA Handbookand the APA Manual. More information is available on what MLA and APA define as plagiarism, and ways to avoid plagiarism. MLA states, “In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from someone else.” ...more
Plagiarism and Cyber-plagiarism - become familiar with the do's and don'ts of plagiarism
Public Domain and Creative Commons Images
There are many places to find items in public domain that can be used legitimately. Doing a Web search for "public domain content" or "public domain images" will provide you with many options. Always check to see what is required for their use. Giving credit to the developer or site URL may be sufficient. Don't overlook giving credit for use of other's materials, and following any guidelines that have been established.
This public domain list may be a good start for you. It was created by a librarian on our staff.
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