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  1. Sherrod, Roy Ann RN, DSN, CNE, CNL
  2. Ford, Cassandra RN, PhD
  3. Oliver, JoAnn RN, PhD


Qualitative researchers are increasingly using the Internet to conduct their studies; however, they need to adhere to the same ethical principles used when conducting traditional research studies. Students also must be aware of these ethical principles and know how to critique research reports for adherence to them. The authors describe selected ethical principles as they relate to Internet qualitative research, what students need to know, what faculty must teach them to critique those studies, and what decisions students must make once the critique is completed.