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Research Basics
Step 5: Comply with Legal, Ethical and Moral Standards


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.


Turnitin 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.

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Plagiarism and Citation Styles

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

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