Student Resources

Copyright information and how to properly cite sources of all types

Avoid Plagiarism

If you don't cite your sources properly, you are plagiarizing and that's bad news; not to mention a violation of the Academic Integrity Code outlined in your Student Handbook.  

"Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge."

Some examples of plagiarism include:

  • Buying a paper online
  • Passing someone else's paper off as your own
  • Copying all or part of any previous work without proper acknowledgement (citations)

Librarians Can Help

Want to take a tour of the library? Do you need help collecting and evaluating resources for a project or paper? Finished your paper and now you have to cite sources in that special way the professor said to use? Expert librarians are glad to help you navigate library resources.

 

Why We Cite Video

Short video courtesy of the UNC Writing Center and YouTube. If it doesn't play, view this video in Youtube.

Copyright in a Nutshell

Copyright laws grant creators exclusive rights to how their creation is used. A work is protected from the "...time the work is created in a fixed form" . Some examples are books, maps, charts, prints, photographs, music, drama, paintings, drawings, sculpture, movies, computer programs, records and tapes, dance, architecture, and characters. (Copyright Basics, 2008, p.1- 3), (Samuels, 2000)

For more information visit the official website for the U.S. Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov/

Sources:

Samuels, E. (2000). The illustrated story of copyright. New York: St. Martin's Press.

U.S. Copyright Office. (2008). Copyright Basics. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

(Text used with permission from FSU Libraries.)

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks logo

RefWorks is an online research/citation management tool that allows you to collect, store, and manage information.

With RefWorks, you can:

  • create your own database of references;
  • export references from article databases and from the Web;
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies

Getting Started with RefWorks

Accessing RefWorks: Visit Refworks page.

Off-campus Access:

  • You can use RefWorks from off-campus as long as you are logged in to the Library.

Creating an Account: New users must first create an individual account in order to use RefWorks:

  1. After accessing RefWorks, you will come to the "RefWorks User Login for University of North Florida" page.
  2. Click on Sign up for an Individual Account
  3. Fill in all fields in the New User Information box
  4. Enter your email address in the E-mail Address field (does not need to be your UNF email)
  5. Click on Register

NOTE: A confirmation email will be sent to you with your username, password, and information.

UNF Citation Guides

Other Online Help

Books to Help you Cite

Subjects: General Research
Tags: basic research, library how-to