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Legal and Moral Issues Related to Information: Home

Information Literacy

Information Literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate and use information effectivelly and ethically. 


This guide deals in more detail with all the issues related to ethical and legal use of information and serves as a supplement for all the other research guides.

Communicating information legally and ethically

Communicating the information found as a result of the research process is the last component of information literacy. The information literate individual should not only be able to organize the information in a logical and effective way, but also to be able to communicate it effectively to others. This process includes the selection of appropriate means of transmission of the information, but it has to be done ethically and legally.

Issues related to ethical and legal use of information:

  • intellectual property
  • copyright
  • fair use
  • plagiarism
  • citation  
  • etc.

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