Students should be aware that it is possible to violate both copyright law and plagiarize, or to comply with copyright law and only plagiarize. For example, you could adhere to the legal requirements of fair use when using a particular work but commit plagiarism by not properly citing the work. Although students are typically more concerned with avoiding plagiarism, they should have appropriate knowledge of copyright as well (see, Copyright Basics). Many students do not associate plagiarism with copyright infringement but the two are related, hence the reason for including a discussion of plagiarism in a website devoted to copyright.
Plagiarism (papers, projects or any assignment prepared outside of class) shall include, but is not limited to...
Summary: If you can trace the origin of your thoughts, phrases, and arguments to any source except your own mind, you need to cite it.
Summary: If your idea, words, or thought cannot be traced to a specific person, or source, you do not have to cite it.
“Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It,” Indiana University.
Liberty University Writing Program. For assistance in avoiding plagiarism.
“How to Cite Your Research,” Guillermin Library. Also, see the University Writing Program (above).
Content adapted from “Academic Honesty, Academic Dishonesty, and Plagiarism: What Liberty University Says About It.” Presentation by Emily Heady, University Writing Program.