Ø  When you create something, aren't you proud of your work when you spend a lot of time and energy creating it? How about that poem for your Mom that made her smile, that cool logo you came up with for your soccer team, or the great song you wrote for the school play? Well, all these are your creations and you'd probably be pretty upset if someone just copied any of them and either didn’t ask your permission or didn’t give you credit for it. That's where copyright comes in. Copyright law gives you a set of rights that prevents other people from stealing your work and doing other things with your work that you may not like.

    Ø  Copyrights protect works of authorship, such as writings, music, art, videos, and images.  The Library of Congress registers copyrights which last for the life of the author plus seventy years.



    “Copyright Basics.” Copyright Kids. Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2007. Web. 6 Apr 2011. <http://www.copyrightkids.org>.


    “Who What When How Why.” Kids’ Pages. United States Patent and Trademark Office. Web. 6 Apr 2011. http://www.uspto.gov.


    Citing Sources

    Ø When you are doing research, you need to write down where you got your information from and include it in your research.

    Ø Why?

    - You may need to go back and look at that information while you’re completing your research.

    - The people that read or view your research may want to read more about what you wrote.

    - You need to give credit to the people that wrote the books or articles or other resources you used. If you don’t, you’re stealing from them. It is called “plagiarizing”.

    Ø How do you give credit? You do so by writing source citations. These list all the information someone would need to locate the resources you use.

    Ø There is a very specific format you need to follow. Use this link to the Source Citation Forms to fill in each source’s information on paper forms or use one of these links to Citation Machine or Citation Maker to fill in each source’s information online and then print it out.