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Quiz 6: Ethical Aspects of Information Research

  1. What is ethical research?
  2. What are some of the components of academic dishonesty?
  3. What are some of the consequences if academic dishonesty and unethical research practices?
  4. How do you cite other people's research?
  5. How do you handle information taken from the Web? 
  6. What is intellectual property?
  7. What is intellectual freedom?

 Answers

  1. Acknowledging your sources, respecting rights of authorship, and responsible use of information and resources.
  2. Misrepresentation of the research and writing of another as one's own (or plagiarism), not citing your sources, and falsifying research are among the things that define academic dishonesty.
  3. Loss or lowering of grades for a course or project, expulsion from institution, a hearing of the dishonest party at either a college or a local court.
  4. Manuals of style give information on how to properly create bibliographies and footnotes.   For example in English you would either use:  MLA Style Guide, Turabian Style Guide, or Chicago Manual of Style. Different style guides often correspond to different subject areas. You should check with your professor about this.
  5. You need to cite information acquired from the Web in the same manner as information found in a printed book or journal.  Manuals of style should include information on citing electronic resources.
  6. Intellectual property refers the originally created work of an author.  Copyright  offers protection for these original works of authorship.
  7. Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.

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