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De La Salle Library: Plagiarism and Copyright

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De La Salle Plagiarism Policy

See the document below for details of the De La Salle school plagiarism policy.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you:

  • Copy and paste from texts or websites
  • Use too much information from a source without putting it in your own words
  • Mashup information changing only a few words - a bit of this and a bit of that
  • Don't cite your sources in a bibliography


Have a look at the videos below for some real life examples:

Taking Notes

In-text citation

In-text Citation?

Citation is a two part process. First you refer to the reference in the body of your assignment. This is called 'in-text citation".

Secondly you add this citation to a reference list at the end of your assignment. This is the 'bibliography" or "References"

Have a look at the Bibliography section on the Library front page - there is a video on how to do a Bibliography which talks about IN-TEXT citations.

Also have a look at the video below on  how to do this using zBib.

What is Copyright?

What is Copyright?

Copyright deals with rights assigned to creators/copyright owners of original works (literary, artistic, creative or musical, computer software/programs, etc). It  is part of Intellectual Property.

According to IP Australia:
“Copyright protects the original expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves. It is free and automatically safeguards your original works of art and literature, music, films, sound recording, broadcasts and computer programs from copying and certain other uses”. 

Even if you do not see the copyright symbol, it does not mean that a resource is copyright free.  Copyright covers what is copied, communicated, reproduced, adapted and performed. The duration of copyright varies, check the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) site for more details.

Creators of original works have moral rights, which are the right of attribution and the right to have the integrity of their work retained.


Australian Copyright Council

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Austl.).

Copyright Agency Limited

IP Australia. Copyright. Retrieved from

Information source : Australian Catholic University

Using Copyright free images in your assignments

Are all pictures on the internet free to use? How can I find copyright free images?
What is Creative Commons and how do I use it?
What are the different licences and how do I use them?

It is easy - this quick guide will navigate you through Image copyright.


Here are some places to go for Copyright free images

Some Copyright free image sites for you to use

Here are some resources that can help you access copyright free images and sound.

COPYRIGHT WARNING: Remember not to use music or footage without permission. You can ask for permission and list it in the bibliography/credits, or use Creative Commons music or footage.