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Is It Copying or Flattery?

Who inspired and influenced your blog post, article, presentation or other work?

They say copying is the sincerest form of flattery but as the leader of a publishing and conference team that invests in and works hard to contribute original ideas to the reliability community, we do not always view it as such.

Citations and attributions are a great way to give credit to the many sources of inspiration that helped you create a work. Go ahead, stand on the shoulders of a teacher, author, speaker, or subject matter expert but please give them a name!

Citation is a scholarly practice for tracking the ideological underpinnings of a work, usually referencing sources like published books, articles, government documents, primary sources, etc.

Attribution is about crediting a copyright holder according to the terms of a copyright license, usually crediting works like articles, presentations, books, music, video, and photography.

If you write articles, make presentations or create other work based on inspiration from others - that is great! If you want to encourage the people that inspire you to continue their hard work - give them some credit. I promise it won’t hurt and it will add validity to your work.

Please use the links below to learn best practices for attribution and citation.

Best practices for attribution
https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Best_practices_for_attribution

Citation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation

Attribution
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_(copyright)

How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People's Content on the Internet
Written by Corey Wainwright | @Corey_bos
http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33098/How-Not-to-Steal-People-s-Content-on-the-Web.aspx#sm.001uhlpjs17hgd1lwqg2aarys9tgo

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