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Citations: how and why

How to cite sources & why we cite sources (copyright & plagiarism)

Copyright

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"What is copyright? Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

What does copyright protect? Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."" 

(U.S. Copyright Office. (n.d.). Copyright in General. Copyright.gov. Retrieved February 12, 2020 from https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html)

 

Fair Use Evaluator

The Fair Use Evaluator is a free program that helps you evaluate whether how you plan to use copyrighted material meets the "fair use" criteria. Although not a substitute for a legal ruling it will help provide documentation if your use of material is questioned by the copyright owner.

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