Credit others fully and accurately

Rather than moralize or editorialize, let us remind you once again that you have an obligation to credit others fully and accurately for their work. "Work" includes all the raw material of scholarship, be it words, ideas, drawings, or data. "Others" includes students who have helped with research, friends or informants who have provided information, and colleagues whose work you have built upon.

For a journal article, such acknowledgment is generally enough. If you are publishing a book that includes anyone else's tables, figures, or words at significant length, you will have the additional responsibility for getting written permission from each of these people and, if requested, pay a fee.

Using someone's work without giving credit may go beyond plagiarism into copyright infringement. As a responsible author, you also should understand the fundamentals of copyright law outlined later in this chapter.

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