When researching, think Free and Legal, not cut and pasteFinding success in academic research requires creative searching skills, concentration, persistence, and sometimes even an obscure historical text that has been out of print for decades! Not to worry!

Intimidating assignments from your most demanding professors are a piece of cake when you have great resources at your disposal, whether online or in the library.

But here’s the rub: how can resources be used effectively without plagiarizing or infringing on copyright law? It’s no big secret that plagiarism of Internet content is on the upswing not only in academia but prominently in social media. None of us wants the FBI breaking down our door at 2 a.m. and hauling us off to federal prison for pirating someone else’s work!

There is an alternative to a life behind bars:  think “free and legal” instead of “cut and paste.”  Some scholarly journal articles, books, images, and music are available on the internet through open access, special licensing, or in the public domain, and the content of many library databases is licensed for educational use.

Check out some of these great resources and make your research worry-free! Remember to cite your source!

Public domain (no longer under copyright protection)

Creative Commons license (author is willing to share his work)

Open Access (unrestricted access)

Library Databases (licensed for educational use)

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