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CHS Media Center Copyright and Plagiarism Guide

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With so much information and multimedia available at the click of a button it has become ever more important to clarify the rules for ethical use of such data. The following charts and links will detail the rules for the amount of content that can be legally used in an educational setting.
As a student or teacher you have more freedom to use certain content since you are not profiting monetarily from its use. However, there are still guidelines that must be followed to avoid legal reprimand.

Plagiarism "at-a-glance"

In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when

  • You use another person's ideas, opinions, or theories.
  • You use facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, music, etc., or any other type of information that does not comprise common knowledge.
  • You use quotations from another person's spoken or written word.
  • You paraphrase another person's spoken or written word.


  • Begin the writing process by stating your ideas; then go back to the author's original work.
  • Use quotation marks and credit the source (author) when you copy exact wording.
  • Use your own words (paraphrase) instead of copying directly when possible.
  • Even when you paraphrase another author's writings, you must give credit to that author.
  • If the form of citation and reference are not correct, the attribution to the original author is likely to be incomplete. Therefore, improper use of style can result in plagiarism. Get a style manual and use it.

The figure below may help to guide your decisions.
plagiarism flowchart

Frick, Ted. "How to Recognize Plagiarism." Indiana University Bloomington School of Education. Indiana University, 21 Jun 2005. Web. 29 Mar 2010.

CHS Media Center Copyright & Plagiarism Resources


pdf download Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines For Teachers


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star Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

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