Safety and Fair USe

Internet and Email Safety

The internet is a great resource to find answers to your questions. However, it is important that you know and abide by internet safety guidelines. When using the internet you must use your best judgment. When accessing a site if it is sloppy, unorganized, or does not have the name of the author posted then it may contain information that is invalid and may lead you to other sites that are inappropriate so it is best to exit the site and search for a new one. We do have internet filters here at school but should you ever accidentally go to a site that has materials on it prohibited by the schools policy you should notify an adult immediately. It is also important to exercise caution when using email. The only email address you will use for any school assignment will be the one issued to you by the librarian. When sending or responding to an email you should never provide any personal information. 

Lee College. Erma Wood Carlson Library. How Can I Tell if a Website is Reliable? Retrieved         from 


Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

When using technology there are rules to follow. Many of the rules have already been discussed in detail on previous pages but one very important rule that you must always follow are copyright laws. Choosing not to abide by copyright laws can result in legal action taking place. When you violate copyright laws you are taking someone elses work and claiming it to be yours without giving the author/creator/publisher credit unless it is covered under fair use policies. This is called copyright infringement or plagiarism. In order to avoid copyright infringement or plagiarism you must cite all sources that you use to give the owner credit. Fair use policies do allow you to reproduce or copy certain works for educational purposes. To help you I have provided a links to sites that will help with citing sources and understanding copyright and fair use policies. 


How to cite sources:

Copyright Laws:

Fair Use Policy: