What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of “using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information” (University of Indiana). Plagiarism is prohibited by the district’s Code of Conduct. To avoid plagiarism, students must give credit when using someone else’s ideas or words. Credit should also be given for any facts or statistics that aren’t common knowledge.
Students can ask the librarian or their teacher about how to give proper credit in their work. To learn more about avoiding plagiarism, check out these resources:
- Purdue OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism
- Plagiarism – What it is and How to Avoid it – University of Indiana
- Plagiarism – The Writing Center At UNC
Copyright is the legal protection for creative works that are original and unique. The protections of copyright are broad, and apply automatically to a wide range of media (photos, written works, videos, music) at the time they are created.
Students may be allowed to use some copyright-protected works as part of a presentation during class (such as showing a video, playing a song or reading from a book) without first seeking permission. But it’s still necessary to get permission before copying these works.
Read more about copyright with these resources:
- Copyright for Students (Rutgers University)
- Copyright Guide for Students (Ohio State University Libraries)
- Copyright Laws for Students (LegalZoom)
Students and teachers can use the resources below to find images for classroom use
- Brittanica ImageQuest
- EBSCOhost – MAS Ultra – School Edition
- Grolier Online
- Library of Congress Digital Library
- World Book Student Online