Copyright & Plagerism



Copyright refers to the rights of authors in works of authorship —as distinguished from patents (whose subject matter is inventions), trademarks (which concern symbols of an enterprise’s reputation and goodwill) and trade secrets (information whose value derives from being kept a secret) (Zimmerman, 2006).


Plagiarism is where one person presents the words or ideas of another as his own, or where others are allowed or encouraged to form this impression (Moore, 2000).


Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances, especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant (Kiyoi, 2012).


Resources for Definitions


Kiyoi, S. (2012). Code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries.       



Moore, P. (2000). What is Plagiarism?


Zimmerman, M. (2006). The basics of copyright law: Just enough copyright for people who are not attorneys or intellectual property experts.   



Resources on how to cite sources and avoid plagiarism


There are two types of citations; APA and MLA. APA gives the information your reader will need to find your source. It consists of the author’s last name and the year that it was published. MLA has two components; an in-text citation and a Works Cited page. 



Example of APA


Example of MLA




Resources to Cite Sources



Citations style guide: choosing a style and citing correctly



General APA Guidelines


Citation Machine

The Comprehensive Guide to APA Citation and Format  


Citation Machine

The Complete Guide to MLA & Citations



MLA In-text Citations: The Basics



Resources to Avoid Plagiarism


AUSB Writing Center (2017)

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism


Citation Machine

How to Avoid Plagiarism  


Knowledge/ Growth Support

How to Avoid Plagiarism: The Scourge of the Academe  


The Center for Teaching and Learning at UIS

Avoiding Plagiarism


LEAD Learning Enhancement and Development

Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism