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Why is it important to attribute and document your sources?
- It helps to avoid plagiarism, i.e. the presentation of another’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own.
- It allows the reader to find your research sources and to follow the steps you took toward formulating your ideas and reaching your conclusions.
- It strengthens the authority and credibility of your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of sources.
- It helps to place your own ideas into the framework of the larger intellectual conversation about your topic.
Don't Forget About Copyright
Try using the Digital Image Rights Computator to help you determine appropriate use of digital images.
Digital Image Rights Computator
A series of query pages, each of which prompts the user to provide input about one specific aspect of a given image’s rights profile. DIRC is a set of guidelines based on generally accepted practices within the visual resources community regarding image acquisition and use in the educational environment. It does not constitute legal advice. From the Visual Resources Association.