“Writing Ethically and Well”: An Online Resource for Grads (and others!)

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Edward Eckel III, WMU Associate Professor and Engineering and Applied Sciences Librarian , has compiled an on-line tutorial for graduate students to  assist them in the practice  of ethical writing, his research specialty. This idea originally took form several years ago as a presentation for graduate students.  The presentation was enthusiastically received, and students asked for it to be repeated each semester, claiming it as an “excellent workshop” that contributed significantly to their understanding of plagiarism and scholarly writing.

Writing Ethically and Well: Plagiarism, Patchwriting and the Thesis/Dissertation is certain to become a valuable tool for both graduate students and graduate advising faculty.  The set of videos (with the accompanying documentation) is presented on Professor Eckel’s libguide page.

Professor Eckel’s intention is that graduate students will explore this site as a standalone resource, or incorporate it with face-to-face workshops on plagiarism that may be offered periodically.  In addition, he thinks that departments or programs can also utilize these video tutorials to “jumpstart a discussion on plagiarism and patchwriting within their own areas.” Thus, departments can use the video tutorial as a platform upon which they scaffold their own specific disciplinary practices, thereby customizing their pedagogical approaches to helping students avoid the perils of plagiarism.

Watch Dr. Eckel’s intro to his video series on “Writing Ethically”:

Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, WMU Graduate Center for Research and Retention (marianne.dipierro@wmich.edu)

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