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Setting Up and Marketing a Small Business for Design Students: Copyright Issues

This Library Guide contains information about resources in the Library and on the Internet about Small Business.

Websites about Copyright


Copyright, plagiarism and referencing

You are allowed to make use of copyright material for research or study purposes provided that the use is ‘fair’. This is generally interpreted as

·         one article from a journal or more than one if they are on the same subject

·         10% or one chapter of a book, whichever is greater

These rules apply to downloading from the internet.

You must acknowledge source of the information when you use it.

Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of the work of someone else without proper acknowledgment. This includes

  • copying material from books, periodicals, study notes, the web, CDs, the work of other students, or any other source without acknowledgment
  •  paraphrasing ideas from any of these without acknowledgment
  • collaborating with other students without authorisation when producing an assessment task.

To avoid plagiarism

·         Write the source on any notes or copies you make from any document or electronic sources such as the Internet as you go

·         Be especially careful when 'cutting and pasting'

·         Use quotation marks when quoting directly from a work. It is not enough merely to acknowledge the source.

·         Avoid excessive paraphrasing and quoting, even where you acknowledge the source.

·         Acknowledge all sources from which you have extracted or developed ideas for your assessment material even if you put those ideas into your own words.

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