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FYE: Ethical Use of Information (What Good is College?)


Exploring the Issues

Read or watch one of the selections from under 'Learn More'. In the discussion forum for this assignment answer the following questions:

  • What selection did you choose? 
  • What was the gist or main point of the video or reading? 
  • Did you learn anything new? 
  • How will you use the information from the video or reading in your research? 

To Cite or Not to Cite

Read the excerpt below. In the quiz, for each sentence, indicate whether the author needs to cite the information used or not.

Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia that is written, edited and vetted by its users. Its goal is to cover all areas of knowledge in articles that are “a comprehensive and neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge about a topic.” A comparison by the journal Nature of science articles in Wikipedia to those in Encyclopedia Britannica found that there was not a great difference in accuracy between the two--the average Wikipedia article had about four mistakes to Britannica’s three. Several studies of drug and medication information in Wikipedia have found that articles are often incomplete, contain significant errors, and incorporate sources that are unreliable or out of date. In light of Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses, the smart researcher may choose to use it as a jumping off point for their research, but will not rely solely on Wikipedia as an information source.