Always remember to give credit

Remember the issue of avoiding plagiarism. Although it may not be an infringement of their copyright, you still are using someone else's material. It is both appropriate and ethical to give the original creator credit for his or her work. Before you copy it, add a citation indicating the author and copyright holder.

The format for such citations may be specified by your publisher or by the copyright holder. Otherwise, however, you can generally follow the examples below.

If you obtained written permission to use an illustration, you might write:

(©2007 Robert W. Matthews. Used with permission.

For material that did not require permission because it was taken from the public domain, you could write:

From the public domain via <> 28 Feb. 2007 From Freeman, F N. and Johnson, E. M. (1929, p. 279). "Are you starved for sunlight?" Child-story Readers. Chicago: Lyons and Carnahan.


Patents do not apply to the expression of ideas, but protect the ideas as they are put into practice as machines, manufacture, processes, or composition. Copyright protection begins as soon as the expression is created but patents must be registered to serve as protection. Copyrights protect for a long time; U.S. patents, only for 17 years.

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