The Congress shall have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Tımes to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
You can read the full text of the Copyright Law of the United States here.
"Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed."
If your students need help you can direct them to the Writing Center located in the Sandor Teszler library.
The Writing Center hours are Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-10:00 PM, Friday 1:00-4:00 PM, and Sunday 7:00 PM-10:00 PM during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
For self-help you can direct them to the Purdue Owl