Staff Newsletter

QHS Information Centre

Volume 5, issue 2

Term two, 2013

Printing from the Internet

Have you ever printed an article or blog post from the web and had it spread itself over pages and pages, with lots of stuff that you really didn't want?

Printfriendly might be the answer! This very clever (and free) web tool will reformat a webpage ready for printing, and can also remove unwanted ads and even let you remove bits of text that you don't want. And best of all, it is incredibly simple to use - just paste in the URL of the page you are printing, and away you go. Check out Printfriendly's home page for a short video that shows you how it works.

Images and copyright : are you REALLy allowed to use those pictures?

A recent blog post details 12 important things to consider to ensure that you are not breaching copyright when using images on your websites and documents.

  1. Did you take the photo yourself? If you did, you own the copyright and you can do what you like with it.
  2. Plagarism is not the same thing as copyright infringment. Plagarism means that you are passing someone else's work off as your own and not acknowledging the author or source. Copyright infringment means that you are reusing an image without the permission of its owner/creator. Acknowleding your source is not the same thing as having permission to use the image.
  3. Attribution does not make it alright. Putting in a link or acknowleding the source does not mean you are allowed to use the image.
  4. Ask and you may receive. You can ask the author/creator for permission to use their image - they may say 'yes'.
  5. Avoid problems and only use images that are in the public domain. Some examples of free to use, copyright free web libraries of images include Morguefile,, and even Microsoft's clip art.
  6. Creative Commons licences. There are a variety of different types, so make sure you know and understand the conditions of the one that applies to the image you are using.
  7. Be clear about how you will use the image. Depending on what you are using the image for, you may or may not be granted permission by the copyright holder.
  8. Copyright law is complicated! Your understanding may not be correct. In NZ copyright law was revised a few years ago to clarify issues regarding copyright and the internet. Are you working under the most recent version of the law? You might want to check out the Copyright Council of New Zealand's website.
  9. Assume that all images on the internet are copyrighted. Just because it isn't explicitly stated, it doesn't mean it isn't covered by copyright.
  10. If it's your website (or work), then you are liable.
  11. Changing or editing an image doesn't make it yours. If you edit or alter an image, you still need to have permission from the copyright holder to do this.
  12. And finally, just because others do it, doesn't make it right!

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How is texting changing our grammar and spelling?

An excellent infographic from summarises results of a study of American teenagers and shows exactly how texting is having an effect on students written communication. Lots of this will sound very familiar!

fantastic new magazine now in the Info Centre at Queen's

Check out the website, then come and have a look at the latest issue. This magazine definitely has something for everyone!

Information Overload

This very clever Youtube clip has some interesting figures on how much we are overloaded by various types of digital information, and what we can do about it.
Digital Junkie - Information Overload

Queen's High School Information Centre

Carole Gardiner