Digital Etiquette

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is the rules of etiquette that apply to communications over computer networks, especially the Internet.  Netiquette involves showing respect toward other users in an online community.


Important Terms to Know

Copyright is the exclusive legal right to make print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.  It is a law giving ownership to the creators of such material.

Fair Use can be defined as the legal doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder. 


Plagiarism is defined as the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.


Resources to avoid plagiarism

APA Style Formatting-

MLA Style Formatting-

Chicago Style Formatting-

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices-




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