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Research 101: Legal/Ethical/Citations

A guide to help you develop good research skills!


Legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information goes beyond 
     - citing sources and
     - avoiding plagiarism.

Researchers should be knowledgeable about the
following issues:
     - privacy & security,
     - censorship, 
     - freedom of speech,
     - intellectual property,
     - copyright, and
     - fair use.

Plagiarism and Citation Styles

Video by Hartness Library in Vermont.
Enables educators to check students’ work for proper citation or possible plagiarism by comparing it against three continually updated content bases:
     i.   billions of pages of web content, plus

     ii.  hundreds of millions of pages of proprietary content
          from subscription-based publications, and
     iii. over 80 million student papers previously submitted
          to Turnitin.

Easy-to-read Originality Reports help ensure the academic integrity of students by teaching them how to cite properly.

As an MC student, your instructor may ask you to submit papers to To do so, your instructor will give you a class I.D. number and an enrollment password.