Copyright and Plagiarism Information for Students

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education is a document intended to help students and educators understand the ways in which fair use in copyright can be interpreted in the educational setting, particularly as it applies to technology and digital media. This is a great guide for everyone in this age of digital communication.


15 Copyright Rules
every student should know
Ball State University
Copyright for Students
with short informative videos
You Quote It, You Note It!
interactive activity for learning
about plagiarism, from Arcadia University
Library of Congress for Students
Taking the Mystery
Out of Copyright
Purdue University's OWL
Online Writing Resource Center
Copyright Kids!
Copyright Society of America


Copyright has to do with intellectual property. When you infringe on someone's copyright, you are stealing intellectual property.

Think of how you would feel if your original artwork, writing or research was used by someone else and passed in as their own work. That would be stealing your intellectual property!

Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas without giving credit or a citation to the author(s).

Copying someone else's words and passing them in as your own is usually considered plagiarism and theft (or copyright infringement).

There are many online sources that can help you with your writing and research skills. Checking your finished work with one of the sites that offers the free service such as Google Scholar Plagiarism Checker, PaperRater, or PlagiarismChecker is always a good idea. These sites have many recommendations on how to avoid plagiarism.