Using media files, such as image, audio or video files without citing them

Images and other types of media files found on the Internet need to be cited just like words/text.  Even when they're available for free or easy to download, you still need to cite them.

Misconceptions:

  • Anything you find on the Internet is available for anyone to copy and paste; therefore, you don't have to cite it.
  • Anything you find on the Internet is considered common knowledge; therefore, you don't have to cite it.
  • Images, charts, and graphs in books can be photocopied; therefore, you don't have to cite them.

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