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Open Access Resources

A guide to free and public online resources covering a wide range of topics.

Public Domain

Open Access material are by nature in the public domain, as they are designated for public use at the time of their creation and often operate through Creative Commons licenses. However, they do still require attribution to their authors, who may continue to hold copyright after designating their work open access.

If you have questions about how to check if a resource you are working with is in the public domain, check out our Copyright Resources LibGuide and this handy FAQ from Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain.

Citation Tools

Many resources will let you know how to properly cite the item you are using. Make sure to double check that it matches the citation format you are using in your bibliography! The main three citation styles are: MLA, APA, and Chicago.

For more information on citations, how to differentiate between the styles, and which bibliography software will help keep your citations neat, check out our Citing Sources LibGuide.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Pratt's Self-Test

Plagiarism is defined as the uncredited copying of another person's words, images, which is another way of saying that plagiarism is theft. Upon entering Pratt, students agree to the Academic Integrity Code that lays out the penalties for copying another's work, and professors take it seriously. 

Ask yourself:

"1. Am I deliberately recalling any particular source of information as I write this paper?

2.  Am I consulting any source as I write this paper?

If the answer to these questions is no, the writer need have no fear of using sources dishonestly."

(Pratt Student Handbook 2012, p. 137)