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Library Resources & Information

Computers

There are 20 computer stations located on the 2d floor of the library and 24 additional computer stations located in the library classroom (Room 219) available whenever class is not in session.

The Learning Support Center (Room 101) has 60 computer work stations for student, faculty, and staff use.

Printing - Learning Resources Center, Room 101

Printing is available from every student computer and costs .10 cents per page. Students must purchase a copy card (Room 101) which can then be used for printing and copying. A one-dollar bill is required to purchase a copy card which then holds a value of one dollar. When the initial amount is exhausted, additional funds can be put onto the card using the same machine used to purchase the card.

Four (4) group study rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the library and may be reserved by groups of 2 or more using the reservation sheet posted on the window outside the study room.

Rules:

  • Reservations must be made in person and are limited to four (4) hours per day. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Individuals are allowed to use unoccupied study rooms with the understanding that s/he may be asked to relocate if a group requests the room.
  • Reservations will be forfeited if at least two members of the group are not present within 15 minutes of the start time.
  • Personal items should not be left unattended. Fast food and carry-out food are not allowed in the study rooms or anywhere else in the library.
  • Study rooms can ONLY be reserved by groups, CF students, faculty, and staff; and CF students, faculty, and staff have priority use of these rooms.

If you have any questions or would like to borrow dry erase markers and erasers, please ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.

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Citing Your Sources, Copyright & Fair Use

Are you starting a research paper or other project that involves using and citing sources?

Please read this basics box on copyright, fair use and citing your sources. The CF Libraries hold more than 76,000 books, 90 serial subscriptions (magazines, journals, newspapers), and more than 6,000 DVDs. As a CF student, you also have access to 100 online databases connecting you to streaming video, millions of articles, and more than 40,000 eBooks. We want to help make sure that you are citing these and other resources properly and thoroughly.

Not finding the information you need? Research questions? Ask us!

When using information created by others in your research papers and projects, you are required to provide complete bibliographic information (give full credit) for each source used.

For citation basics and information on creating in-text citations and References and Works Cited pages in APA and MLA format, please visit our Citation Basics guide.

What is the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism?

Plagiarism - taking someone else's words and claiming them as your own (unethical).

Copyright infringement - using someone's else's work without permission, i.e., an image, music clip, data (illegal).

Avoid plagiarism by:

  • Doing your own work;
  • Citing all information used, including facts, data, journal articles, books, web pages, video, and images; and
  • Citing all non-traditional sources, such as radio, television or a conversation with a friend.

Plagiarism can be deliberate or unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism due to confusion or lack of preparedness does not absolve you of your moral responsibility. The same sanctions apply to both an unintentional act of plagiarism and a deliberate one.

For more info, visit our Citation Basics guide. For a comic video on plagiarism, click here.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a protection given to authors of creative works like images, music, movies and books. If you are using information that you did not write or create yourself, chances are good it is copyrighted. The unauthorized use of copyrighted material is considered infringement of copyright law and is illegal.

For more information, please visit our Copyright and Fair Use: Basics for Students/Copyright page.

What is Fair Use?

Fair use is an exception to copyright law that allows copyright-protected works to be used in certain circumstances without permission from the copyright holder. If you intend to use a copyrighted article, book, image or video, you will want your use to fall within fair use guidelines.

Before using a copyrighted work, begin to examine your circumstance by asking yourself questions like:

  • What is the purpose of my use? Is my use transformative? Is my use educational?
  • What is the nature of the work I want to use? Is it creative or factual? Published or unpublished?
  • How much of the work do I intend to use? Does the portion I want to use make up the "soul" of the work?
  • What effect might my use have on the market for the original work?

For more information, please visit our Copyright and Fair Use: Basics for Students/Fair Use page.

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