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About Copyright , Plagiarism & Refrencing

Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country, that grants the creator of an original works exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator (e.g. the photographer of a photograph or the author of a book) to receive compensation for their intellectual effort.For more about Copyright In Kenya you may want to read , Guide To Copyright In Kenya , Kenya Copyright Board.

Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesy.It is subject to sanctions like penalties, suspension and expulsion.

Referencing is the acknowledgement of the sources you used when producing your piece of work. Referencing correctly is important to demonstrate how widely you have researched your subject, to show the basis of your arguments and conclusions, and to avoid plagiarism.

Citation applies whenever you use someone else's ideas, either by putting them into your own words (paraphrasing) or by quoting directly, you must show this within the body of your work. This is known as a citation. The format will vary depending on the referencing style you use.