Plagiarism and Copyright

RTC Plagiarism Policy

Renton Technical College expressly forbids plagiarism. From the Renton Technical College Student Handbook;

“Any student who submits an assignment or other work to an instructor and falsely represents it as his/her own is guilty of academic dishonesty and is subject to discipline.”
(RTC 21009.02, 9/99, Attachment 2, Page 6)

The following are useful plagiarism links:

  • Is it Plagiarism Yet? - What plagiarism is and how to know when you have to cite a source.
  • The Writing Place: Avoiding Plagiarism - Examples of accidental plagiarism and tips for avoiding it. From Northwestern University.
  • Where to Place Parenthetical Citations - How to do an in-text citation in APA format.
  • Using MLA In-Text Citations - How to do an in-text citation in MLA format.
  • Not sure about when to cite a sentence or not? Take a look at the very short Rutgers University's Paul Robeson Library videos on plagiarism. Video one is on the definition of plagiarism, Video two shows the process of deciding what needs a supporting citation, and Video three offers a quick quiz on the first two points. All three videos take less than ten minutes to watch.
  • And these pages offer help in properly citing sources: Purdue University's OWL APA and MLA help pages, or Highline Community College's APA and MLA guides.

If you don't know how to cite an article for a bibliography, try Noodletools (available from RTC Library's online databases page). Fill in the form and it will automatically create your citation in the proper format.


What is Copyright and how does it apply to you?

  • Copyright is the right of an item's creator to control and profit from its use or performance. Using someone else's creation without permission is illegal.
  • Copyright doesn't just cover books, magazines, pictures and newspapers - it also covers the Internet.
  • Copyright protects your rights to any material you create.

The following are useful copyright links:

RTC Copyright Policy

RTC Procedure 22022
Attachment 2

Photocopying of Copyrighted Materials

Current copyright laws permit non-profit educational institutions to photocopy copyrighted materials under certain limited conditions:


A complete poem if less than 250 words (not to exceed two pages) or an excerpt of not more than 250 words from a longer poem.


A complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words or 10% of the work, whichever is less.


One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per periodical issue.

The decision to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness must be so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request to photocopy.

  1. The copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made.
  2. Not more than one short poem, article story, essay or two excerpts may be copied from the same author, ore more than three from the same collective work or periodical volume during one class term.
  3. There shall not be more than nine (9) instances of such multiple copying for one course during one class term.
  4. The same teacher cannot copy the same item without permission from term to term.
  5. Unauthorized copying may not substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or periodicals.
  6. The original copyright notice must appear on all copies of the work.

Permission to copy any material not fitting the above description must be obtained from the publisher's Copyright and Permissions Department prior to photocopying the work. The earlier you request permission, the better, in case it cannot be granted and you need to substitute other materials. Attach a copy of the permission from the publisher to the requires for photocopying. The print shop staff assistant will not copy any materials which do not meet the above guidelines unless permission is attached.