3. Properly Cite your Information Sources
Since information can be so readily appropriated from countless sites
across the Internet, as well as other digital sources, students must appreciate the
importance of citing the sources of their information.
Proper citation of information sources allows the audience to determine
both the truth and the value of your information. In other words, your audience will trust
your credibility when they know that your information is authentic and legitimate.
Also, there are important legal copyright issues associated with
students' unqualified uses of information. By requiring proper citation of information,
including graphics and pictures, you will encourage your students to think more carefully
about simply copying for their own use a graphic, picture, or paragraph from someone
else's Web page.
By the way, if you do wish to use in your Web site a graphic, picture,
or paragraph from another Web site, current Netiquette dictates that
you ask permission before using it.
These resources can help you correctly cite your references:
Citing Online Resources
"How students should reference online sources in their bibliographies", an
excellent article reprinted here with permission. (Copyright 1996-1998. Classroom
Citations of Electronic Sources
english/ walker/ mla.html
Copyright by Janice R. Walker
University of South Florida, endorsed by the Alliance for Computers and Writing, has
gained wide acceptance among scholars and academics.
- Microsoft® Encarta® Research Organizer
Use Research Organizer to take notes and add pictures from Encarta articles, Web sites,
books, magazines, and other sources. Then use Research Organizer to assemble the notes
into an outline and create citations for your sources.
Permission Templates for Teachers
Landmarks for Schools contains many valuable resources and ideas for harvesting raw
materials from the internet, including these forms for obtaining permissions to use
Introduction to Copyrights
- http://www.advanced.org/thinkquest/ web/ copyintr.html
A useful guide to copyright issues that you can apply to all student projects.
- Crash Course in Copyright
- http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/ IntellectualProperty/ cprtindx.htm
An online course for educators that offers easy-to-understand guidelines
for fair use of others' copyrights and the creation, ownership and management of our own.
- Ten Big Myths About Copyright Explained
Informative approach to explaining ten common myths about copyright, such as, "If it
doesn't have a copyright notice, it's not copyrighted" and "If I don't
charge for it, it's not a violation."
- Keeping it Legal: Questions Arising out of Web Site Management
Useful information about copyright from a school Webmaster's point of view.
- The Copyright Website
Provides practical and relevant copyright information of interest to all Internet users.