BRCN's Academic Honesty Policy

What is copyright?
In the United States, copyright is a form of protection provided by the government to the authors of “original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.” This protection is available to both published and unpublished works, regardless of the nationality or domicile of the author. It is unlawful for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by copyright law to the owner of the copyright.

The Library Coordinator serves as the copyright officer for BRCN.  
For assistance contact Julie Dietrich, MSLIS:

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing's Copyright Policy

Crash Course in Copyright
University of Texas

U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright basics, search records, or register work

Copyright Clearance Center
Permissions to use copyrighted material

What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is using someone’s words as your own. It is:  

“Changing a few words.”

Using the words and phrases of an author throughout your paper without proper citation.

Copying and pasting an electronic article without citing the source.

Reusing someone’s paper as your own.

Plagiarism is one example of academic dishonesty.  Some other examples are:

Faking a citation.

Reprinting a diagram, cartoon or illustration without citing the source.

Submitting an assignment more than once to different faculty.

Hiring someone to write your paper.

Buying a paper.

Cheating on an exam by bringing in notes.

Looking at your neighbor’s test.

Giving answers to the next group of students taking the same test.

Breaking into faculty offices to retrieve a test.

Changing your grade on a college database.

Hacking into college computers.





Your own study results

Your thoughts and words

Common knowledge (information found in multiple sources)

The Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Handout on plagiarism

Examples of Plagiarism

Plagiarism Tutorial