Plagiarism is different to copyright laws. It is the process of trying to use other peoples work as your own. In universities and colleges, plagiarism is treated very seriously and pupils can be disqualified from exams and courses because of this. Many authors allow people to use their work as long as they are given credit for it and are listed in a reference page at the back of the work. Whenever words that are completely copied from a text are used, they must be enclosed in quotation marks. Different sources of research have different copyright laws.
General guidelines on copyright. For any printed sources of information there is a non-profit making company called CLA, who issues licences to schools, universities and businesses which allow them to copy some extracts from books, journals, magazines and so on (Davies G 2008).
In general, the main limitations of the CLA licence are as follows: No copying may exceed 5% of the published volume or issue or, if greater than one complete chapter from a book, or one article from a journal or periodical, or a short story or poem not exceeding 10 pages in length published in the above listed countries. Davies G. (2008) General guidelines on copyright. In Davies G. (ed. ) Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers (ICT4LT), Slough, Thames Valley University [Online].
Accessed 14th December 2008 from the World Wide Web: http://www. ict4lt. org/en/en_copyright. htm. So in conclusion all work should be reference to ensure that plagiarism does not occur, and to credit the original author on their work. The four main methods of research that this essay covered were websites, books, journals and newspapers. Although websites may sometimes be inaccurate they are one of the most useful sources of information to use in research projects, as they can gather information from a wide range of people and places.
Books are generally accurate but are rarely used nowadays as the internet is so popular and easy to use. Journals and magazines have many similar pros and cons. They can both be bias as they are written from one person's point of view, but they are up-to-date and cover issues that are talked about in modern life. They are useful to source information from years ago as they are available on the internet in achieves. The two main referencing systems are the Harvard system and Footnotes. The Harvard system is generally used through out Britain and seems to be the easiest to learn and practice.
Footnotes, whilst very traditional, can make pieces of work look quite messy, and they easily distract the reader from the subject being spoken about. Finally, copyright laws are in place to protect authors and creators from their work being stolen. Any work being used must follow the copyright laws; otherwise people may face serious consequences. Different sources of information have different copyright laws, and these should always be looked at before and during use of materials. Goessi, L . The pros and cons of using Yahoo! Answers to research your college papers. Accessed 14th December from the World Wide.