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Research Guides


To Avoid Plagiarism

If you quote or summarize another author's words, provide attribution.  Always cite the original work using quotation marks and the appropriate citation style.  You maybe be familiar with APA, Chicago, or MLA styles.  

Two of the main citation styles used by professionals in your field are ACS (American Chemical Society) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).  

Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing

Whether you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing, the evidence or selected text you  use must be relevant to your writing, must support your argument, must be carefully framed or incorporated, must be attributed and cited when necessary, must be properly punctuated according to your discipline’s style, and must be explicated or analyzed.

Courtesy of the Odegaard Writing & Research Center 


Ethics Links

Ethics is an important element in all professional training. 

Serious ethical misconduct may result in the loss of professional status as well as professional income ! 

The links below provide engineering ethics examples, case studies, and various professional codes of conduct. Use these links to help with ethics assignments or just to educate yourself about professional ethical expectations.

Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism See the 'Ethics Resources' link for ethics seminars, case studies, and more ... The Online Ethics Center for Engineering & Science
National Society of Professional Engineers NSPE Ethics Reference Guide, NSPE Code of Ethics, Case studies, Consolidated Table of Contents to the Opinions of the Board of Ethical Review, Subject Reference Guide to NSPE Code of Ethics.
Ethics Resource Center Articles, case studies, ethics toolkit, webcasts
Centre for Computing & Social Responsibility Use the search box at the top of the page for access to lots of applied ethics articles
Ethics in Computing Extensive resource covering computer ethics in commerce, social justice, computer abuse, intellectual property, speech issues, privacy, risks as well as many basic ethics articles.
Selected Codes of Ethics for Engineers:

• American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
• American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Code of Professional Conduct
• Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 
   Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

- Taken from the University of Utah Materials and Science Engieering Research Guide 

Important Links

Some Important Ethical Concepts

Conflict of Interest 
Professional Competence 
Public Safety 
Environmental Ethics 
Human Research Subjects 
Political Activity 
Intellectual Property 
Outside Employment 
Human Rights 
Workplace Safety 
Animal Research Subjects 
Academic Freedom 
Freedom of Speech 
Deception in Research 
Cultural Sensitivity 
Sustainable Development 
Academic Ethics 
Scientific Misconduct 
Professional Responsibility 
Multiple Relationships

- Taken from the University of Utah Materials and Science Engieering Research Guide