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It is important to remain conscious of the ethical liabilities of writing. A writer must be concerned with not only avoiding plagiarism by properly citing sources, but also with language usage and the avoidance of offensive linguistic tendencies. A writer may unintentionally employ racially-charged, sexist, and offensive language without any conscious recognition. The best way to avoid such errors is to remain mindful of the following ethical pitfalls:

There are many exceptions to the above examples. For example, the subject of your paper may be Hispanic writers. In such a circumstance, it is by no means inappropriate to employ the term "Hispanic." Nonetheless, racial terminology is frequently used in an incorrect manner--remain conscious of such pitfalls by researching correct terminology. For further information regarding the importance of language usage and a discussion of a few specific racial terms, see Language Usage.


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