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Guide to the Research Process: Step 5: Legal/Ethical

This guide provides an introduction to the skills needed to conduct research, with particular reference to the field of education.


The legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information go beyond properly citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. Researchers should also have an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use. helps educators to 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.

As a UWI student, you may be asked by your instructors to submit papers to the service. The following documents provide instructions for the use of Turnitin by UWI students.

How to Cite Sources and Avoid Plagiarism

A suite of 15 short videos by Kevin deLaplante

This Research Guide was developed by Linda Quamina - Aiyejina