Friday, September 10, 2010

Plagiarism, Stock Photography and Public Domain

Plagiarism is passing off somebody else's ideas or work as your own. 
A really good way to avoid plagiarism is to first read the paragraph, and without looking at the paragraph, jot down some of the main idea in your own words (but remember to cite the source where you found your information) and after, check for accuracy and be sure that your paragraph doesn't sound too similar to the one on the website. 
On my itinerary project, I will be using the MLA format to cite my sources. 

Here are two sources I may use for my project

"Things to do in the UK ." Destination 360. N.p., 2010. Web. 10 Sept. 2010.

For the source above it was a travel website so I couldn't find an author's name for the description of places to go in the UK. I looked everywhere on the website. 

Hainsworth, Martha. "Martha Hainsworth's England Travel Tips." Metanoia . N.p.,
     n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2010. <

I liked Martha Hainsworth's England Travel Tips better than Destination 360 
because Destination 360 is a travel company 
and they want people to book their trip with them, and they only put the basics of England. 
Martha Hainsworth added A LOT and put some personal recommendations - 
where to stay, where to eat, places you SHOULD not go to. 

Stock Photography is a supply of photos collected to use instead of hiring a photographer.
It's not a good idea to copy random images off Google because it could be possible that you
copied a copyrighted image, and the company could contact their lawyers and 
it could turn into a court issue.
 It's also not very professional, and it's not worth the risk. 

Items within the public domain are works that currently have no intellectual property rights
within the country of your residence. 

The image above is Big Ben in London

Domiwo. "Big Ben, London." stock.xchng. N.p., 9 Mar. 2009. Web. 10 Sept. 2010.

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