How to Write a Research Paper: Legal/Ethical

A step-by-step guide.


The legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information goes beyond properly citing references and avoiding plagiarism. Researchers should be knowledgable about isses related to privacy and security, censorship and freedom of speech, as well as have an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use.


Turnitin checks students’ work for proper citational work 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 with proper citational formats, and ensure academic integrity.

As an LVC student, you may be asked by your instructors to submit papers to Turnitin via your course on LVC’s Blackboard server. To do so, your instructor will create a TurnItIn assignment in the course on Blackboard.  Click on the link and follow the prompts to upload and submit your paper.