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Note Taking Tips - You will ROCK at research!
When taking notes...
Clear writing- No sharing spaces! Make your notes clear by writing one fact & source per card; answering one of your research questions or one section of your topic. Do not answer all your related questions on one note card. Remember: 1) Each card should be a new fact. 2) Each card should include information from only one source. See: Fill-in Note Cards
Know what you are writing - Understand the notes you take and use your own words. If you copy and paste from a website or write the exact words from print sources, you must include quotations marks on your note card. See: Fill-in Direct Quote Cards
**Make sure to record information in brief phrases. This will lessen the likelihood of plagiarism. Remember to keep track of what sources you are getting your information from as well as documenting page numbers when possible. R-C=P
***Before you close an source, check your notes for accuracy!
****If you think a fact might be useful or is interesting, WRITE IT DOWN! Gather more than you need; it will help fillout yout paper/project.
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Copyright in Schools
<indent> Copyright is important for everyone! Why? Copyright protects the creator or author of a body of “original work”, meaning anything new or unique. So why should we care about a creator of something; why should I not use something easily available? By obeying copyright, we show our appreciation of the "original works”, our respect for the author/creator of the item we admire, and our willingness to let a creator decide what is done with his/her works or how it is uses (Friends of Active Copyright Education). A person should also understand that copyright is not trademark. Trademarks are the design, logo, or slogan for a company or industry; it is not limited to just words or just an image (Simpson, Copyright Catechism 4). But how does this apply in schools that have limited resources; as well as, teachers and students that can create their own works for educational purposes?
<indent> Educational institution fall under a guideline of copyright called Fair Use. Simpson defines Fair Use is “a conditional right to use or reproduce certain copyrighted materials as long as reproduction or use of those materials meets defined guidelines” (Copyright for Schools 40). Most court cases have lead to the development of four factors in judging “fair use”: 1) purpose & character of use, 2) nature of copyrighted work, 3) amount of work used, and 4) effect of use on market for or value of work (Simpson, Copyright for Schools 42-45).
<indent> Examples that do not fall under copyright law but rather license agreements include computer software and video games. Playing console games, or video games, in a classroom or library does not violate copyright; however, it might be violating the game’s license. Most games are for personal use in the privacy of home (Russell 18). So check those licenses before use at school!
Friends of Active Copyright Education. “Citing Basics.” Copyright Kids. Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 2007.
Russell, Carrie. “A Textbook Example.” School Library Journal. Simpson, Carol. February 2009: 18. Print.
Simpson, Carol. Copyright Catechism: Practical Answers to Everyday School Dilemmas. Worthington:
Simpson, Carol. Copyright for Schools. Worthington: Linworth Books, 2005. Print.
Resources – Citation = Plagiarism
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