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Copyright & Plagiarism

Copyright on Campus - A fun 6 minute animated video highlighting the copyright rules for academic institutions from the Copyright Clearance Center.


                Using Resources Without Violating Copyright Law (GIFT session)

Obtaining Permission to use Copyrighted Material

               Copyright Clearance Center

Educators, Educational Institutions and Copyright/Intellectual Property

               ALA Copyright Issues - Deals with copyright of digital information and recent developments.

               Campus Copyright Guide - A booklet on copyright written especially for higher education communities, developed by representatives of the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Association of American University Presses, and the Association of American Publishers.

                Center for the Study of the Public Domain - Promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions.

                Copyright or Intellectual Property Policies - EDUCAUSE has indexed and abstracted many information policies--including copyright and intellectual property--into a variety of resources that is updated periodically.

                Manage Your Intellectual Property - Gives guidance to authors of scholarly publishing for retaining copyright to their work. Sample copyright agreements are provided.

               Copyright, Distance Education, & Intellectual Property - American Association of University Professors has undertaken a number of initiatives to address this growing concern.  Samples of policies are located here.

               Stanford University Libraries. Copyright and Fair Use - Links to web sites that provide help with understanding copyright.  Fair use, fair use and multimedia, The TEACH Act (related to distance education) are some links provided.

               University of Albany Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair-use Resources - Links on this page are for faculty and students who wish to find out how current copyright law effects their use of intellectual property.

               TEACH Act Toolkit - Understanding copyright and distance education.

Music and Copyright

               Copyright Law - Copyright law information for music educators from the Music Publishers’ Association.

               Music Library Association - Site is maintained by the Legislation Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA) as a resource for anyone interested in issues of copyright as they apply to the fields of music and music librarianship.

               Public Domain Music - Steps to understanding rules and laws of music in the public domain from the Library of Congress. For more information about music in the public domain, check PDInfo.

Public Domain

               Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States - Version is current as of 1 January 2012.

Social Software Copyright

               Alternative to Copyright – Creative Commons - "Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry."

               Legal Guide for Bloggers - From the electronic Frontier Foundation, a guide to help bloggers in defending their digital rights.

The United States Copyright Law

               Copyright Basics (U.S. Copyright Office) - “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries”  (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)



Simpson College Student Handbook Definition

   The Simpson Code states that students are expected to observe honesty in academic work and official college records. Cheating, plagiarism and giving false information to the college are not allowed.

   View the section on Academic Honesty Policy and Penalties for Dishonesty for more information on Simpson College's definitions and punishments for plagiarism.  Check with the General Catalog for more information, including Penalties for Dishonesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism (for students)

   Not sure what Plagiarism is?  Try Plagiarism-by-Paraphrase quiz to test your skills.

   The best place to go is the Hawley Center on campus.  There are people there who can help in proofreading and writing papers. 

   Another site to try are the Purdue University's Online Writing Lab and Online Resources for Writers from Amherst.  These websites cover all aspects of the writing process, including helping with quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism (for faculty)

   A  Faculty Guide to Cyber Plagiarism, maintained by the University of Alberta, provides tips on detecting and preventing plagiarism and provides links to detection services and paper mills.

   Another site that has information on detecting plagiarism is Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers from VirtualSalt.  This site contains tips on how to spot plagiarized papers and ways plagiarism can be stopped.

Difference between Plagiarism and Copyright

Laurie Sterns notes three distinct differences between copyright infringement and plagiarism:

  1. Using even a small amount of a work written by someone else without attribution is plagiarism, but to be guilty of copyright infringement, the amount copied must be in some sense substantial.
  2. One can plagiarize any work that has ever been written, no matter how old and no matter who the author, but copying even an entire book that is in the public domain-whether a product of Shakespeare or the U.S. government-is not a violation of copyright.
  3. It is possible to plagiarize ideas, even facts (if, for example, they are presented in the same order and context as another work), but copyright law does not protect facts or ideas, only the original way in which they are expressed within a particular work.

Laurie Stearns, “Copy Wrong: Plagiarism, Process, Property, and the Law,“ in Perspectives on Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in a Postmodern World (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999) as reprinted in Carrie Russell, ed.  Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians (American Library Association, 2004).

Recommended Resources

Bowman, Vibiana.   The Plagiarism Plague:  A Resource Guide and
CD-Rom Tutorial for Educators and Librarians.
Simpson General 808 B79p

Harris, Robert A.   Using Sources Effectively:  Strengthening Your
Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism.
Simpson General 808.027 H31u

Plagiarism:  it's a Crime. 2003.
Simpson Videos/DVDs 346.048 P69vid

Subject Guide

Dunn Library Research Assistance Center