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Avoid Plagiarism

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it.

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Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.

Usage Rights of Images

Many images are subject to copyright, too.

  • Cite correctly any images previously published. Sometimes, it is necessary to request permission to reuse images. Permission can be requested from the publisher's site or using the Copyright Clearance Center.


  • Cite or ask permission for images found on the Internet. To find images with various usage rights, do a Google Images search and refine the results based on the usage rights.

  • A public domain work/image can be used without obtaining permission. A work in the public domain is not protected by intellectual property law. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist.

Creative Commons Images

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that "provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use" an author's creative work with a Creative Commons license chosen by the author. Read the license of each image to decide. 

Selected Creative Commons platforms:

More readings about Creative Commons and its licenses:

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