Code of Ethics


In order to protect the integrity of public records and library books, I am ethically bound and hereby agree:

  1. That I will treat with the greatest care and respect all public records and library books which may be available for my use.
  2. That I will speak with courtesy to all employees of a vital records office, or of a public library, when requesting to see any vital records or library book, and that when finished with such record or book, I shall express my thanks to the person attending to my request.
  3. That I will not tear, erase, mark or remove any public record or library book, and will refrain from mutilating, defacing or otherwise destroying any part of such record, library book, or film.
  4. That, when finished viewing my public record or library book, I will return it to the proper or designated place.
  5. That, when publishing given names, I will not publish known living person names without their consent.
  6. That, in all situations, I will cite my source of information, be it my own publication or entering information on the internet.
  7. That, when I use other peoples copyrighted material I will attribute the work to them.