Plagiarism, Copyright and You

This scavenger hunt was created for Mountain View School District middle and high school students.
Lynn Johnson, District Library Media Specialist

The internet makes a vast number of resources available at your fingertips. How do you know what you can legally use or copy? How do you know when to cite your sources? In this scavenger hunt, you will learn about copyright, fair use and how to avoid plagiarism.

Copyright Scavenger Hunt

In order to complete this scavenger hunt, print this form [Scavenger Hunt Worksheet]. Record your answers as you visit each website to hunt for answers. Examine each website thoroughly to answer the questions. After completing this scavenger hunt, you should have a better idea of how to present work that is well supported and plagiarism free. You will want to check the answer key when finished.


Copyright

Visit Copyright according to Wikipedia to answer the following questions.

  • What kinds of rights does the creator of a copyrighted work have?
  • How long does copyright last?

Fair Use

Visit Dictionary.com to answer the following question.

  • What does fair use describe?

Visit United States Copyright Office to answer the following question.

  • What four factors determine fair use?

Getting Creative

Visit Creative Commons to watch a video and answer the following questions.

  • What does cc mean?
  • How does cc compliment copyright?

Plagiarism

Visit What is Plagiarism at Plagiarism.org to answer the following questions.

  • When you copy someone else's words but swap out a few words for your own, is it still considered plagiarism?
  • What is the best way to avoid plagiarism?

Citing Your Sources

Visit Citation at Plagiarism.org to answer the following questions.

  • Name at least two important pieces of information to include when citing your sources.
  • Give two reasons to cite your sources.

Visit College Board College Success to answer the following question.

  • What is the best way to cite information you found on a website?

Check your answers and score your work. [Answer Key]

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