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Ethical Use of Information: A Short Introduction: Home

Here are a few notes and links on the proper use of information--especially in an academic setting.

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This image of the Copyright Symbol was adapted from one in the University of Nebraska "Frame by Frame" blog of Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon.  It illustrated an intriguing entry on the topic of restoring copyright to works already in the public domain!

To acknowledge the work and words of others is fair play in life.  Period.  Moreover, the ethical use of information is a cornerstone of university-level research and the scholarly process.  Explore the tabbed pages above for some basic information about this topic, along with links to library materials and external websites that provide further information.

Most of the materials in this guide help those using materials created by others comply with copyright.  However, some of the materials will also be of interest if you are the creator of information content and artistic works.

This guide is not written by a copyright lawyer and should not be seen as a legal document.  The author of this guide is also NOT the instructor of your course.  So if you are writing a paper and have questions about fair use and proper documentation, your professor should be your final arbiter.