Copyright

What is Copyright? In the United States, copyright law protects creators of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works, against unlawful copying, distribution, performance, display, and derivatives (Copyright Act of 1976, 2001). In other words, when you compose any kind of work, whether it’s an alphabetical text or some ...

Guide to Using Online Images

Related Concepts: Best Search Tools for Images The first step to finding images for your project is to question whether or not your effort is commercial or noncommercial. Images, like words, have value: they are governed in society by conventions such intellectual property law. These laws are very important to society: they are designed to ...

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Best Search Tools for Images

What are the Best Search Tools for Images? There are loads of very good search tools for finding images on the internet, including Creative Commons Search Google Images Wikimedia Commons In order to reuse an image you find on the internet, you need to ensure the copyright license associated with it permits reuse. Publishing copyrighted ...

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Empathetic Information Literacy

What is Empathetic Information Literacy? Empathetic Information Literacy is a method of information literacy that consists of five moves: Pausing before accepting or rejecting a claim Asking questions about the claim, especially about whether it’s true Caring about the people involved Checking the accuracy of the claim through credible sources Acting on what you learn ...

Interpretation, Interpretative Frameworks

What is Interpretation? Interpretation is People make interpretations of texts and events in order to make sense of world. Interpretation is a deeply subjective process. Different people can see the exact same event and infer contrasting interpretations. Critics often disagree about the relative merits of movies, songs, and other texts. For readers, listeners, users, interpretation ...

Academic Integrity – What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty is synonymous with cheating. Cheating can refer to a situation in which authors ask others to write a part of a document or the entire document. High schools and colleges in the U.S. have unique policies for addressing plagiarism. Some colleges, for example, expel students after their first offense; others place ...

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Types of Evidence

Types of Evidence are types of information, data. Key Concepts: The CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose) The types of evidence that writers, speakers, knowledge workers . . . use to substantiate claims and analysis vary across discourse communities (aka communities of practice). Scientists, for instance, are likely to view anecdote as static, as ...

Anecdote – Anecdotal Evidence

What is an Anecdote? An anecdote is a brief, engaging story, often real but sometimes fictionalized, used to illustrate a point or convey a lesson. It’s the narrative equivalent of a snapshot: quick, focused, and revealing something about its subject. An anecdote, when viewed as a form of evidence, serves as a unique and compelling ...

Hypothetical Evidence

Hypothetical Evidence is a “for instance” for your reader—a potential instance or example that might illustrate your claim in action. Key Concepts: Exemplification; Organization; Organizational Schema & Logical Reasoning A Hypothetical Example will often follow one of the following phrases or abbreviations: “for instance,” “for example,” “i.e.,” or “e.g.,” though the latter two, realize, will ...

Canon – Why is the Concept of the Canon So Important to Writers?

What is the Canon? The canon represents a curated collection of works deemed authoritative or exemplary within a specific discourse community, contributing to the ongoing conversation of humankind. These works, often marked by their innovative knowledge, distinctive style, or profound impact, serve not only as benchmarks for understanding the evolution and core principles of a ...