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Information Literacy Instructional Toolkit: Frame 3: Using Information Ethically


"Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world.

Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination" (ACRL, Information Has Value).


Relevant learning concepts:

  • What is the purpose of this information?
  • Who has access to this information, and who does not?
  • Is the material licensed in a specific way that promotes or prohibits reuse?

Source:  Bucknell University

Teaching Resources

Title: Nobody likes a copycat: The ethical use of information
Description: Introduces the concept of plagiarism and ways to avoid it. 
Resource Type: Video
Original Author(s): La Trobe University Library
Added: 05/31/2017 By:
Frame(s)​: Using information ethically


Title: Using Other People's Ideas
Description: Describes the four ways to use other people's ideas: paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and plagiarizing. This video may not be appropriate for all courses - please review.
Resource Type: Video
Original Author(s): UNLV Libraries
Added: 05/31/2017 By:
Frame(s)​: Using information ethically


Title: The Source Deck
Description: This sample source deck provides examples as well as instruction on the various kinds of source types you can gather to illustrate various outcomes related to the topics of understanding source types, identifying parts of a citation, as well as understanding the publication timeline.
Resource Type: Classroom activity
Original author(s): Meagan Christensen, Todd Burks, & Meridith Wolnick (University of Virginia Library)
Added: 02/13/2017
Frame(s): Evaluating authorityUnderstanding the information lifecycleUsing information ethically