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Copyright & Citing Sources: Why Cite?

DISCLAIMER: Material provided is only intended as a guide. This guide is not a substitute for professional legal advice.

Why Cite or Attribute Works?

All borrowed content (Copyrighted, Public Domain, Open Licensed, Artifact, etc.) must be cited or attributed to original creator as an ethical, legal, and professional duty.
Make it easy for another person to re-search for item and be confident they are looking at the version or original of the item you viewed - so they can judge your commentary or use based on the same material(s) you had available.

TASL Attribution:
Title of work
Artist/author/creator & Date it was created/published
Source: Copyright owner if not creator (Repository, Museum, Publisher, etc.) 
License if using Creative Commons or other opening license.

Providing proper sourcing information will make your work more useful, and for a longer period of time.

How do I write a citation?

Use only one citation style per project (APA or MLA most common). Ask your teacher what style they prefer.

Use  suggestions provided by databases when available.

Ask your teacher if the database cite suggestion is good enough, or whether you need to further check your style with a style manual (especially in technical and upper level writing courses).

Copy/paste and alphabetize citations yourself, or use a citation manager such as KnightCite if you have a large number of resources.

What You Need To Understand

Give credit where it is due, it is the smart (and ethical) thing to do.
Bonus: You also avoid plagiarism (theft of credit) by citing sources.
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