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NS 205: Embedding information literacy into a nursing informatics course: Academic Honesty & Integrity


Copyright is a form of protection provided by law to authors.  Books, journal articles, plays, films, sound recordings, music videos, video essays, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and architectural works may all have copyright protection.

The doctrine of fair use is summed up by the Copyright and Fair Use Website of the Stanford University Libraries as:

a principle which is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary and criticism

The Fair Use Checklist from Columbia University Libraries can help you determine if the action you intend to take with a copyrighted work is allowable under the fair use provision.

An ebook on this topic has been written for librarians, but that should not keep you from using Copyright questions and answers for information professionals.

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Definitions of Plagiarism

Although the general consensus is that plagiarism is a bad idea, it can be difficult to avoid it or discuss it if we have different understandings of the definition:

According to Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means:

  • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own;
  • To use (another’s production) without crediting the source

This information was found on the Academic Honesty site.  Visit this site for Codes of Conduct and more information on the topic of plagiarism.