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Quiz (check your understanding)

Before you used something owned by someone else (their property), you would probably ask. However, you might not think to ask someone to use their intellectual property. All information resources and technology have been created by someone. Depending upon how you use their property, you might have to ask those authors, developers, publishers, etc., for permission or you might need to state that you used their product. But under what circumstances? Take a look at the situations below and see if you would respond correctly!

1. As you browse through a book dealing with your topic, you come across a sentence that states very clearly a point you would like to make in your term paper. You add the sentence to your paper exactly as you see it and reference the book. Later a friend tells you that you did not have to do that for one meager sentence. You need only reference material when you use a "substantial amount" from a book or article. Is your friend correct?

Yes   No

2. While surfing the web, you have come across some really nice looking images that you would like to have on your homepage. Is it all right to download any graphics you find on the internet?

Yes   No

3. After browsing an article in a scholarly journal, you decide that you would like to make a copy of the article to take home and examine more closely for your research. Do you have to get permission from the author or the journal to do so?

Yes   No

4. You are using word processing software in one of the campus computer labs and you decide that you would like to go home and continue working on your own computer. However, you do not like the word processor on your home computer. So, you copy the word processor from the lab and take it home to load on your machine. Is this OK?

Yes   No

5. Suppose you find a great article in a magazine and want all your friends and acquaintences to read it. Is it fine to make multiple copies (say 20 or 30 copies) and distribute them without the author's or magazine's permission?

Yes   No

6. If you find a source saying that the year 2006 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac, and then you find another source that verifies this, is it true that you don't have to document it because it is "common knowledge?"

Yes   No

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Plagiarism Examples
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