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English 111--Introduction to Composition

Academic Integrity Tutorial and Quiz

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Achieving Academic Writing

Avoiding Plagiarism: Achieving Academic Writing

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This learning module was prepared by Ursula McGowan and Kerry O'Regan, University of Adelaide, 2008. It is an Articulate presentation and requires your browser to have a Flash Player plug-in installed.

UAA English Department Position on Plagiarism

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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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Evaluation Criteria

Criteria to always keep in mind when evaluating information. These criteria can be applied to information both online and in print.


Who wrote it? What are their credentials or affiliations?


Who is it written for? What kind of language is used?


What is the purpose? To inform? Sell? Sway your opinion?


Is the information presented objectively?


When was it published or written?


How relevant is it to your topic?


Is the information either too specific or too general for your purposes?