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Citing Sources

Learn more about why we cite the sources we use, how to cite sources in a specific style, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

A Look at Copyright

Copyright is a method of marking one's original ideas and creations. Copyright infringement is not the same as plagiarism. In other words...

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. 

PSUTLT. (2008). Copyright Perspectives: No, You Stole It. Pennsylvania State University. Video retrieved from

Animated video encourages students to think about copyright law and the appropriate ways to use original work responsibly. Developed by Common Sense Media

This video explains the origins of copyright and how it is applied to an author's/creator's work. Video by CGP Grey