Ethics of Information

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This module looks at some of the legal and ethical aspects of information access and use. Although you do not need to become a copyright expert, you do need to understand some copyright basics as well as ways to avoid plagiarism. This module also asks you to explore some of the social and political issues related to information.
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After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of why copyright laws exist and reasons for respecting those laws
  • explain what the 'public domain' is and what is in it
  • define plagiarism accurately, including its relevance to images and ideas as well as text
  • explain why plagiarism is harmful and to whom and demonstrate ways to avoid plagiarism
  • define the "digital divide" and explain how it relates to the ethics of information access
  • locate needed assistance for writing papers

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