Plagiarism is something which is very closely related to citing your sources; you need to cite things so you don't commit plagiarism. For some excellent information on plagiarism (and how to avoid it), check out these additional Libguides.
Plagiarism: Don't let it happen to you
University of South Alabama
Even after you've fully educated yourself about fair use (the information on our site is just a start), it can be difficult to remember all the relevant issues when you're looking at a potential use you'd like to make. We've developed one tool that may assist you in your thought process. The Office for Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association also steps you through the process with a similar interactive tool.
Properly citing information is as important as finding and evaluating it. However, it can often be a challenge to make sure you're correctly citing your sources. This Research Guide will help you better understand citing and the citation resources we have available.
Why do we have to cite our resources?
♦ Credit where credit is due.
♦ Find the “address” of the resource, so that others may reference it.
♦ Uniformity in style
“Style consistency enhances our credibility. Inconsistencies in style or misused words will cause users to question the accuracy of our data. A uniform style tells users that EIA has high quality standards for our words as well as our numbers.” (EIA Writing Style Guide, 2012, p. 2)
♦ Consistency in message
♦ Each discipline feels their rules best articulate their messages
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.