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Media Resource Center: Ethics


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Print Resources: We have identified many print resources in the Media Center on the topics of abortion, euthanasia,  sexuality, racism and immigration. You may see a list here
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Opposing Viewpoints





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Ethics eResources

Ethical Issues

Research Topics:

Controversial Issues

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Gale In Context

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Death Penalty

Death Penalty

Death Penalty


Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide


Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality

Gay Rights



Immigration US


Cuban Immigration (US)

Immigration (Europe)




View a Sample Research Paper in MLA format here

Resource courtesy of the Purdue Online Writing Lab, 2015

View an MLA Style Guide for Theology

If you choose NOT to use Noodletools, you may view a Sample Works Cited page here

ON-LINE Resources

NCBC (National Catholic Bioethics Center) database for NEWS and COMMENTARY. No log-in required.


USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) website containing BELIEFS and TEACHINGS, ISSUES and ACTION, and lots more. No log-in required



The most current website of the Vatican.  No log-in required


Papal Encyclicals On-Line‚Äč is a guide to online Papal and other  official documents of the Catholic Church. Last updated February 20, 2017. No log-in required.


YouVersion is an on-line, desktop version of your iPad Bible app. No log-in required.


Milestone Documents of World Religions

Milestone Documents of World Religions (Salem Press)

Pope Francis on Immigration

POPE FRANCIS Discusses Homosexuality


Is It Plagiarism Yet?


There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.


Contributors:Karl Stolley, Allen Brizee, Joshua M. Paiz
Last Edited: 2013-02-13 12:01:30


There are some actions that can almost unquestionably be labeled plagiarism. Some of these include buying, stealing, or borrowing a paper (including, of course, copying an entire paper or article from the Web); hiring someone to write your paper for you; and copying large sections of text from a source without quotation marks or proper citation.

But then there are actions that are usually in more of a gray area. Some of these include using the words of a source too closely when paraphrasing (where quotation marks should have been used) or building on someone's ideas without citing their spoken or written work. Sometimes teachers suspecting students of plagiarism will consider the students' intent, and whether it appeared the student was deliberately trying to make ideas of others appear to be his or her own.

However, other teachers and administrators may not distinguish between deliberate and accidental plagiarism. So let's look at some strategies for avoiding even suspicion of plagiarism in the first place

When do we give credit?

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. Many professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Psychological Association (APA), have lengthy guidelines for citing sources. However, students are often so busy trying to learn the rules of MLA format and style or APA format and style that they sometimes forget exactly what needs to be credited. Here, then, is a brief list of what needs to be credited or documented:

  • Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
  • Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
  • When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase
  • When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials
  • When you reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media

Bottom line, document any words, ideas, or other productions that originate somewhere outside of you.

There are, of course, certain things that do not need documentation or credit, including:

  • Writing your own lived experiences, your own observations and insights, your own thoughts, and your own conclusions about a subject
  • When you are writing up your own results obtained through lab or field experiments
  • When you use your own artwork, digital photographs, video, audio, etc.
  • When you are using "common knowledge," things like folklore, common sense observations, myths, urban legends, and historical events (but not historical documents)
  • When you are using generally-accepted facts, e.g., pollution is bad for the environment, including facts that are accepted within particular discourse communities, e.g., in the field of composition studies, "writing is a process" is a generally-accepted fact.

Is It Plagiarism Yet ? from the OWL at Purdue