What is Copyright, Plagiarism and Fair Use?


Have you ever found some awesome resources and wasn't sure if you were able to use them? On this page, you will find resources and videos to help verify the difference between copyright, plagiarism, and fair use. Copyright is the protection of the original authors work.Plagiarism is taking the original work from another person and presenting it as yours without giving the proper credit. Fair use is when the public is able to use portions of copyright materials for the sole purpose of commentary or criticism.

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 Fair Use and Copy Right

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Resources to help avoid plagiarism and how to cite sources

Plagiarism and Cite Sources

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