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Copyright, Fair Use & Citing Sources

Compliance and "good faith" are required to protect yourself, your institution, and your students from possible copyright infringement. In order to make fully informed compliance decisions, first determine if a work is copyright protected or restricted by license. A license may invalidate potential fair use rights. If a work is covered by copyright but free of license restrictions, you may seek copyright permissions or explore possible exemptions and your fair use rights.

‚ÄčFor information on copyright and fair use, please visit our Copyright and Fair Use Basics guide.

Assigning a research paper or other project that will require students to use and cite sources?

Communicate to your students the importance of proper attribution and the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism. And remind students:

  • To cite all information used, including traditional (articles, books, images) and non-traditional sources (radio, television or a conversation with a friend); and
  • That plagiarism can be deliberate or unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism due to confusion or lack of preparedness does not absolve one of their moral responsibility.

Resources for students:

Want a refresher? Schedule a 15-minute instructional session for yourself or your class with a CF Librarian addressing plagiarism and copyright. We will come to you!

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