Creative Commons and Copyright
With all of the information that is available for you to access on the internet for your research assignments, it is very easy (and often tempting) to just 'copy and paste' pictures and text into your work.
Much of what is on the Internet, however, is protected by copyright so you must be very careful that you follow copyright rules about what you can and can't copy as well as referencing your work correctly.
Something that is making it easier to use online resources without fear of breaking copyright rules is Creative Commons which has less restrictions on what you can and can't use. In fact a number of websites have been set up specifically to provide resources that are free to use. Many of those sites are listed to the right. (Remember though, you still must reference them even if they are Creative Commons).
Google also has an advanced search function that allows you to search for information that is free to use and share. Check out the link here to find out how to do one of these searches.
Use the resources above to find out more about Copyright and Creative Commons and to locate collections of Creative Commons materials.
CREATIVE COMMONS RESOURCES
Creative Commons Australia
Wikipedia: Creative Commons
Searching Google for Creative Commons resources ( Google Inside Search)
YouTube: Creative Commons
Smartcopying: Creative Commons
Flickr: Creative Commons