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Research Process: Step 4: Legal/Ethical

No matter what stage of the research process you're at--only beginning, stuck in the middle, or finishing up with citation polishing--this guide is a great resource for you.

Using Your Resources Legally and Ethically

Step 4: The legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information goes beyond properly citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Researchers should be knowledgeable about issues related to privacy and security, censorship and freedom of speech, as well as have an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a bibliographic management tool used by students at Viterbo University. You may create a free account and then save article citations from VitCat and most databases. RefWorks could be a big time saver when you're researching a complicated project.

To learn more, view the tutorial below or read the handout. 

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin, used in Moodle, helps educators check students’ work for proper citation or possible plagiarism by comparing it against three continually updated content bases: billions of pages of web content, plus hundreds of millions of pages of proprietary content from subscription-based publications, and over 80 million student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. Easy-to-read Originality Reports help teach students about proper citation and ensure their academic integrity.

Your instructor may choose to use the Turnitin service which is embedded into the Moodle course management system.

Plagiarism and Citation Styles

Posted with permission from Bob Baker, Library Director, Pima Community College.

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