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Ethical Use Policy

Nothing in ICR's published materials (in printed or electronic form) may be reprinted or reproduced in other publications, for other media, or on other websites in whole or in part beyond these guidelines without obtaining permission from ICR. This applies to textual content, graphics, audio, and video, etc.

General Guidelines

1. You may print or photocopy pages in whole as evangelistic tools for churches, schools, etc. Our copyright notice and website address (© 1994-2016 Institute for Creation Research. All Rights Reserved. www.icr.org) must be included. No exceptions.

2. You may quote (or rephrase or summarize) up to 100 words of our information for noncommercial, educational use, provided you include the proper references each time our information is used.

Avoid Plagiarism

Please bear in mind that if you plagiarize content from someone else's work, you are essentially stealing credit from that person. Following these guidelines will allow you to use well-documented information in your own ministry while showing the respect and courtesy due to the original author.

  1. Place quotation marks around anything you quote directly. Do not quote more than 100 words without first obtaining permission.
  2. Document where you found the quoted material. For example, reference information could be included in a footnote: "Creation cannot get a fair hearing in the marketplace of ideas."[1]
  3. Provide a reference for information that is rephrased or summarized. For example: The press is biased in their reporting of evolution and creation news.[1]
  4. Common knowledge does not need to be referenced. Information that is widely known (such as that found in reference books) is considered common knowledge. Example: Operational science makes predictions about events in the future, not historical events in the past.

Sample footnote:

[1] Morris, H. M. 2003. Willingly Ignorant. Acts & Facts. 32 (12).

Note: Articles that are referenced online should also include a link to the relevant ICR web page. For the above reference, the link is http://icr.org/article/491/.

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