The term ‘information ethics’ (IE) is rapidly diversifying as new technologies enter the
milieu and add to already existing ‘entanglements’. Unsurprisingly, the term lacks a universally accepted definition, although there is some common ground as to its constitution.This paper explores the term using the most commonly co-occurring terms in IE literature as indexed in nine databases, namely the EBSCO-hosted Academic Search Premier(ASP);
Communication and Mass Media Complete; ERIC; Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts(LISTA); Newspaper Complete; Business Premier; and Master File Premier,
and Wilson’s Library Literature and Information Science(LLIS)FullText. Core/periphery analysis, the co-occurrence of words as subject terms, and social network techniques were applied using UCINET for Windows, text STAT and Bibexcel computer-aided software to analyze data. The paper identifies the most common terms used to describe IE and the core terms with which IE can be defined. Other than informing LIS research and education, the results could potentially assist with the development of IE taxonomy and definitions(e.g. in understanding IE content and development) that may apply to the intercultural and global understanding of IE.