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Scholarly Communication: Students

Find help with scholarship, publishing and teaching using your own content and that of others. These topics include: copyright and fair use, open access, author rights, preservation of and access to your creative work.

What am I allowed to include in a report, presentation, or movie for college work?

FAIR USE means that for educational purposes (i.e. schoolwork) you can use quotes, clips, images and other media . . . just make sure you provide a citation!  Learn how to responsibly flex your fair use muscle!

Here's a great Copyright FAQ from Ancilla College.

The videos below are an easy way to understand fair use . . .

Give Credit Where Credit is Due: Acknowledgment and Citation

Even when Fair Use principles say you can use parts of someone else's copyrighted work (their words, images, etc.) in yours, you still need to acknowledge that source by citing it -- in other words indicate who said or made it, and where you got it from.

Plagiarism is a different but related concept. Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work (their words, images, etc.) as if you were the author. So when you write a paper and present ideas from articles or books you have read, you must indicate where you found that information. Learn more on our Cite Your Sources page, or talk to a librarian anytime!

Beyond the classroom

The "Let's Go Crazy" Case

"A baby bobs up and down in a kitchen, as a Prince song plays in the background. His mother laughs in the background and his older sister zooms in and out of the frame. This innocuous 29-second home video clip was posted to YouTube in 2007 and sparked a long legal proceeding on copyright and fair use law." Read more from NPR.