Writing

Copyright & Plagiarism Issues

Creating Extension publications is commonly associated with misinterpretations about the responsibilities associated with copyright and plagiarism, which can lead to legal and ethical violations. The sources below are provided to help you avoid the potential consequences.

The Principles of Plagiarism, Alabama Cooperative Extension

Plagiarism Within Extension: Origin and Effects, Journal of Extension

Copyright and Intellectual Property, Ohio State University

Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement, eXtension

Ethics in Research & Publication, Elsevier

Is it Plagiarism Yet? Purdue Online Writing Lab

Excerpts from the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), used by WSU Extension editors for numbered publications

13.2 Quotations and modern scholarship

Few ideas spring up on their own, and the act of assimilating the words of others is central to modern scholarship. In the words of Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff, “Quoting other writers and citing the places where their words are to be found…is a very sophisticated act, peculiar to a civilization that uses printed books, believes in evidence, and makes a point of assigning credit or blame in a detailed, verifiable way.”1 The observation holds true in a world where more and more ideas are created, published, shared, and archived electronically.


1. The Modern Researcher, 5th ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992), 273.

4.77 Overview of the legal doctrine

Authors invoking fair use should…transcribe accurately and give credit to their sources. They should not quote out of context, making the author of the quoted passage seem to be saying something opposite to, or different from, what was intended.

Bonus Link

Adapting Publications for Local Audiences: Learning from Focus Groups and Community Experts, Journal of Extension