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Information Ethics: Information Ethics

No Big Deal?

According to a 2010 Academic Integrity Survey of college students:

  • 36% of undergraduates admit to “paraphrasing/copying a few sentences from Internet source without footnoting it.”
  • 38% admit to “paraphrasing/copying a few sentences from written source without footnoting it.”
  • 14% of students admit to “fabricating/falsifying a bibliography”
  • 7% self report copying materials “almost word for word from a written source without citation.” 

           

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What are information ethics?

Information ethics or infoethics has been defined by the Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science as "the branch of ethics that focuses on the relationship between the creation, organization, dissemination, and use of information, and the ethical standards and moral codes governing human conduct in society."

As students, you spend a lot of time reading and learning about others' ideas, theories, and research. When it's time to write about and expand on the principles and ideas you have studied, it is very important to remember that you are contributing to the scholarly conversation around a topic, and that you must behave ethically by giving credit to those whose ideas, words or works you use. 

Use this guide to find information on the following topics:

Learn more about when and how to cite

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