Copyright at Central Maine Community College: Student Guidelines

Policies, procedures and useful guides for students, faculty and staff when using all forms of copyrighted information while at CMCC

How do I comply with Copyright Law?

You will find a lot of information in this Guide to help you follow Copyright rules. Some of the important links in this Guide that will help you are:

What is Plagiarism?

"Buying, stealing, or borrowing a paper (including, of course, copying an entire paper or article from the Web); hiring someone to write your paper for you; and copying large sections of text from a source without quotation marks or proper citation" From the OWL resource: Avoiding Plagiarism

At CM some of the consequences if a student is found plagiarism may include failing a paper, failing a course, being asked to leave the College.

Why Cite a source

It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list

from MIT's Citing Sources guide